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Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market

CAV prototype in the lab, courtesy of Boeing

Chicago (ACN) – A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the industry, with the Chicago-based company now ploughing its extensive technology and resources into developing this still incipient technology.

The drone is powered by an electric propulsion system and outfitted with eight counter-rotating propellers, allowing for vertical and horizontal flight.

It measures 4.6 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 1.2 meters tall, and weighs 339 kilograms.

David Neely of Boeing Research & Technology said that the drone would eventually be able to deliver up to 227 kilograms of cargo within a fifteen- to the thirty-kilometre radius, adding that it could, “change the way we deliver goods.”

Those specs position Boeing’s new drone in the last-mile delivery range, rather than long-distance cargo transport, where drones more closely resemble conventional aircraft.

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The news is a development that Boeing’s chief technology officer Greg Hyslop said would, “change air travel and transport… We’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.


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One thought on “Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market

  1. This is the kind of product corrupt Boeing should be building–totally unmanned.

    That way the fact that Boeing falsifies records that inspections of its products were done and passed that were never done won’t imperil the public or our valued military personnel.

    However, if the military should decide to purchase these Boeing defect riddled drones, military personnel should be trained when learning to use them that they were largely never inspected as required, are riddled with defects, and therefore could fly off uncommanded and crash into anyone and anything at any time.

    That way our military could be at the level of attention required to save their lives if one of the many defects on each of these drones should suddenly send this drone and its cargo crashing straight into them so they can at least attempt to dive out of the way to safety.

    That said, if these drones are purchased, they should also be limited to only carrying very low-value military cargo for obvious reasons.

    This is a great idea–limiting Boeing to producing only unmanned products in the U.S., thereby greatly limiting the deaths that occur due to the QA fraud it uses across the enterprise to massively increase profitability. At least 750 people have died so far due to the noted Boeing QA fraud.

    An even safer way to limit deaths from Boeing QA fraud would be to limit Boeing to only producing these drones, but limiting them to produce drones only of the weights and materials that are Consumer Product Safety Commission approved for use by children. Those drones are low weight and plastic, with guards for the propellers so children can’t injure themselves severely if they fly into their faces.

    Sadly for risk-loving investors, though, Boeing will likely not be able to bilk as much money every year as they used to only producing children’s toy drones.

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