Jan 12, 2018

Tomorrow’s Cargo Drones Won’t Look Much Like Today’s Helicopters

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Boeing unveils a squarish, skeletal quadcopter to try out new unmanned-delivery concepts.

Boeing’s newest prototype drone is a skeletal, squarish quadrotor built as a “flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications,” the aircraft maker said in a statement.

Measuring 15 feet wide and 18 long, the Cargo Air Vehicle represents Boeing’s next step in its quest for next-generation vertical-takeoff-and-landing drones. Last year, the company acquired Aurora Flight Sciences, one year after the Virginia-based company established itself as one of the most interesting in the field by winning DARPAs VTOL X-Plane competition.

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