New Giant Drone Can Carry 500 Pounds of Weight

Boeing—an international company that designs aircraft— unveiled a giant drone capable of lifting heavy weights, January 10, 2018.

The drone has the capacity to carry around 500 pounds of payload. The company called it an “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype,” the aerospace giant said it could serve as a precursor for future autonomous flying aircraft.

The company took around three months to engineer this heavy-duty drone, the flight tests of which, were successfully completed at Boeing’s research lab in Missouri.

“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy. We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.” Said Boeing’s chief technology officer, Greg Hyslop.

This CAV prototype is powered by an electric propulsion system and is outfitted with eight rotors allowing for vertical flights. This prototype is 15 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 4 feet tall, and is 747 pounds heavy.

A few months after unveiling the new eVTOL aircraft, Boeing announced its acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences, an aviation and aeronautics research company, which has partnered with Uber for the development of a network of flying taxis. Boeing said that its CAV prototype would complement the eVTOL air taxis that Aurora is designing for Uber.

This is not the first of Boeing’s attempt to enter into the Drones and flying taxis market, as the company is also sponsoring US$ 2 million for the development of a functional jetpack, in a competition. The competition seeks entrants who can produce a safe, quiet, ultra-compact jetpack capable of carrying a single person 20 miles or more without refueling or recharging.

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