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Default Boeing Unveils New electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

Subject: Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype
From: Boeing News
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:16:19 +0000 (UTC)

News Release Issued: Jan 10, 2018 (12:15pm EST)

To view this release online and get more information about Boeing,
visit: http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.ph...95&item=130108

Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

The electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing multi-copter UAV is designed
to carry up to 500 pounds

The prototype aims to further develop and mature the building blocks
of autonomy and electric propulsion

VIDEO:
http://www.boeing.com/features/2018/...cle-01-18.page

CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --*Boeing [NYSE: BA] today
unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL)
cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that 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.

"This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our
Boeing eVTOL strategy," said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg
Hyslop. "We have an opportunity to really change air travel and
transport, and we'll look back on this day as a major step in that
journey."

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 Missouri.

Boeing researchers will use the prototype as a flying test bed to
mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future
applications. Boeing HorizonX, with its partners in Boeing Research &
Technology, led the development of the CAV prototype, which
complements the eVTOL passenger air vehicle prototype aircraft in
development by Aurora Flight Sciences, a company acquired by Boeing
late last year.

"Our new CAV prototype builds on Boeing's existing unmanned systems
capabilities and presents new possibilities for autonomous cargo
delivery, logistics and other transportation applications," said Steve
Nordlund, Boeing HorizonX vice president. "The safe integration of
unmanned aerial systems is vital to unlocking their full potential.
Boeing has an unmatched track record, regulatory know-how and
systematic approach to deliver solutions that will shape the future of
autonomous flight."

Powered by an environmentally-friendly electric propulsion system, the
CAV prototype is outfitted with eight counter rotating blades allowing
for vertical flight. It measures 15 feet long (4.57 meters), 18 feet
wide (5.49 meters) and 4 feet tall (1.22 meters), and weighs 747
pounds (339 kilograms).

Chicago-based Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and
leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and
security systems.

A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied
government customers in 150 countries.

Contact:*

Megan Hilfer
Boeing Communications
425-237-9375

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