Date
14 August 2018
Boeing unveils a prototype of a cargo drone (inset) that can carry a payload of up to 500 pounds. The drone weighs 747 pounds and measures 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Photo: Reuters/Boeing
Boeing unveils a prototype of a cargo drone (inset) that can carry a payload of up to 500 pounds. The drone weighs 747 pounds and measures 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Photo: Reuters/Boeing

Boeing unveils prototype of giant cargo drone

Aircraft maker Boeing has unveiled a prototype of a cargo drone.

Described by the company as an “unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing cargo air vehicle prototype”, the drone weighs 747 pounds and measures 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall, the Verge reports.

Fifty engineers from the company spent three months designing and constructing the prototype, which finished a test run in the Boeing Research & Technology’s Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory in Missouri, according to Wired.

The giant cargo drone was built by Boeing HorizonX, the Boeing skunk works-venture capital team hybrid division.

Boeing Horizon X chief technologist Pete Kunz regarded the prototype as “a concurrent exploration of a nascent market and nascent technology”, Wired said.

The prototype can fly for about 15 minutes and carry 150 pounds, although Kunz and his team believe it could go as much as hauling 250 to 500 pounds.

It is equipped with eight rotors supporting vertical flight, according to the Verge.

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