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Boeing’s St. Charles lab tests unmanned electric cargo drone that could compete with Amazon delivery drones

Boeing’s St. Charles lab tests unmanned electric cargo drone that could compete with Amazon delivery drones
January 15, 2018 Evan Glantz

This story was originally published in the St. Louis Business Journal on January 11, 2018.


By Andrew McIntosh | St. Louis Business Journal


Boeing has unveiled an unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing air cargo drone which the company will use for testing and developing its autonomous flight technology in future aircraft.

Led by Boeing’s HorizonX, the jet maker’s St. Louis-based innovation arm, teams of engineers and technicians across the company designed and built the new prototype in less than three months.

The prototype aircraft is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible cargo and logistics uses, a move that could put Boeing in direct competition with Amazon’s plans for drone package delivery…”

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