Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle

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Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle
Role Cargo eVTOL
National origin United States
Manufacturer Boeing NeXt
Status Under development

The Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle is a unmanned, fully electric cargo air vehicle (CAV). It was made possible by an investment of Boeing HorizonX Ventures.[1]


At the beginning it was remote control-operated, but then changed to autonomous flight. First flight tests have been in 2017. The CAV is for research of autonomy technology for aerospace vehicles in the future. In Boeing’s Ridley Park wind tunnel flight tests have been finished. There are plans to use the light and detection ranging (LIDAR) to see 10 miles ahead. It was flying indoor in 2018 before outdoor flights in 2019. With the Boeing CAV there are new possibilities for the transport of time-sensitive and high-value goods and to conduct autonomous missions in remote or dangerous environments.[2][3]

Its configuration evolved to six dual-rotor systems with 12 propellers and the first outdoor flights tests were done by May 2019, including forward flight transition.[4]


In less than three months, the CAV was designed and built by 50 engineers.[1][5]


Data from Boeing[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: None (autopilot)
  • Capacity: up to 500 pounds (227 kg) payload
  • Length: 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m)
  • Wingspan: 20 ft 0 in (6.1 m)
  • Height: 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
  • Empty weight: 600 lb (272 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,100 lb (499 kg)
  • Powerplant: 6 × Vertical Electric dual propeller

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  1. ^ a b Alex Davies (January 14, 2018). "Boeing's Experimental Cargo Drone Is a Heavy Lifter". wired. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle". Electric VTOL News. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Woodrow Bellamy III (July 24, 2018). "Boeing Exploring Autonomy, LIDAR in Future Air Cargo Aircraft". aviationtoday. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Watch: Cargo Air Vehicle Completes First Outdoor Flight" (Press release). Boeing. May 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Boeing Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV)". TRANSPORT UP. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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