Boeing's autonomous flying vehicle does maiden test flight

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Boeing has conducted the first test flight of a prototype of its passenger air vehicle (PAV). The all-electric, self-driven aircraft will get vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities with an aim to serve as an on-demand autonomous air transport.

The PAV measures 9.14 m in length, 8.53 m in width and has a total range of 80.47 km. It features integrated wing and propulsion systems. The aircraft has been designed for fully autonomous flight.

The test was conducted in Manassas, Virginia in USA. The company claims that the prototype completed take-off, hovering and landing successfully along with the testing of autonomous functions and ground control systems. In the next phase of testing, the aircraft is scheduled to be tested for wing-borne flight (forward motion) and the transition between vertical and horizontal flight.

The PAV is a part of Boeing NeXt, which is developing autonomous aircrafts. Aircrafts undergoing development include a cargo air vehicle (CAV) that can carry up to 227 kg of payload and other urban, regional and global mobility platforms. The CAV is scheduled to undergo outdoor testing in 2019.

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