Boeing has successfully completed today the first flight of its first autonomous electric passenger air vehicle of vertical takeoff and landing. Aurora Flight Sciences, subsidiary of Boeing, has been responsible for developing and designing the device, 9.14 meters high and 8.53 meters wide, and will continue carrying out tests in order to guarantee their reliability and safety. It has a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.
During the test, the prototype managed to take off, suspend in the air and land, while the autonomous flight functions and the ground control system were operated. According to the company, in the future forward and transitional movements between the two modes of flight, vertical and horizontal, will be tested. It is considered as the major engineering challenge on any high-speed vertical take-off and landing plane.
The president and CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, John Langford, highlighted "the revolution" that involved the operation of such milestone since the autonomy of these devices "was going to make silent, clean and safe urban air mobility possible"
Boeing NeXt is also developing an electric charging vehicle designed to transport up to 226.8 kilos of goods, informs EFE.