Cargo Aerial Vehicle (CAV)
The Boeing Company
Chicago, Illinois, USA
www.boeing.com

Boeing completed initial flight tests of an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype in 2017. The company says, “The innovative platform is designed to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles.”

Boeing engineers designed and built the CAV prototype In less than three months. The vehicle stands 4 feet high and measures 15 by 18 feet, weighing more than 700 pounds. It is outfitted with eight counter-rotating propeller blades and custom Boeing batteries.

Researchers are transforming the remote control-operated CAV prototype into an autonomous aircraft capable of carrying up to 500 pounds. “The technology opens up new possibilities for delivering time-sensitive and high-value goods, conducting autonomous missions in remote or dangerous environments, and other applications,” the company says.

The prototype flight testing has been completed, which included taking off and landing in Boeing’s Ridley Park wind tunnel. The project also hopes to utilize light and detection ranging (LIDAR) to see 10 miles ahead, ensuring safe flights.

Boeing debuted the first mockup of the CAV at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

Boeing CAV prototype

Boeing CAV prototype in flight
Boeing CAV vision
Boeing CAV vision

Characteristics (updated February 2018)

Overall height 4 ft 1.2 m
Width 15 ft 4.6 m
Length 18 ft 5.5 m
Curb weight 700 lb ~320 kg
Max Payload 500 lb 225 kg
Props 8 counter-rotating
Battery type Boeing Custom
Control type Autonomous

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