Boeing has a big appetite and has a big guy. This UAV can carry the weight of two small elephants – that is, almost four me.
The aircraft weighs 339 kilograms (747 pounds), but it can carry 226 kilograms (500 pounds) of cargo. Boeing said it might use drones to shift heavy goods in the future.
Now, many companies are targeting logistics UAVs, from Amazon in the us to Jingdong and Shun Feng in China. Some cargo drones are even more heavy laden than this. For example:
In December 26, 2017, SF launched the UAV flight test in Yunnan, providing parts for HUAWEI’s emergency network communication maintenance in the mountains. The logistics UAV, known as “double tail scorpion”, is a big guy who can carry 1.2 tons of cargo, wingspan 20 meters, fuselage 10 meters, and sail 3000 kilometers.
Boeing’s UAV is not that big, but it’s not too small. This strong, unmanned captain is 4.6 meters (15 feet) wide, 5.5 meters (18 feet) wide, and 1.2 meters (4 feet) tall.
As you can see from the diagram, it has 8 rotor like helicopters that can take off and go vertically. It is driven by an electric propulsion system. Goods that need to be transported can be connected to UAVs by cables.
In just three months, Boeing designed and built the aircraft, which is the prototype of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) cargo vehicle. Boeing said it had conducted a flight test at a research center.
Boeing said that the UAV is a pioneer of future autonomous flight vehicles. Boeing chief technology officer Greg Hyslop said in a statement that the launch of the cargo UAV represents an important step in Boeing’s eVTOL strategy. He said we have the opportunity to really change air travel and transportation.
The UAV completed a preliminary test at the Boeing autonomous research laboratory in St. Charles, Missouri, but the company did not provide details of the flight.
The prototype of the new product is based on Boeing’s existing unmanned system capabilities and provides new possibilities for automatic freight, logistics and other transportation applications, says Steve Nordlund, vice president of HorizonX, a Boeing company.
In October last year, Boeing acquired the Aurora Flight Sciences (Flight), which clearly expressed interest in autopilot. Today’s commercial aircraft have used sophisticated computer systems, which already have some key factors in automatic flight. But Aurora’s goal is far beyond that. It is eager to achieve a fully autonomous flight, from take-off to landing. In April last year, Aurora had been selected to develop its on-demand air traffic system.
Boeing is traditionally a manufacturer specializing in large civil aircraft and military aircraft. This time, the release of large cargo Drones will probably become a starting point for Boeing’s new business in the future.