A Drone Designed to Carry up to 500 Pounds: Boeing’s New Cargo Air Vehicle

    Boeing’s electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) multi-copter UAV is designed to carry up to 500 pounds. The cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications. In less than three months, a team of engineers and technicians across the company designed and built the CAV prototype. It successfully completed initial flight tests at Boeing Research & Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in St. Charles, Missouri. Boeing HorizonX, with its partners in Boeing Research & Technology, led the development.