Boeing tested Vertical Take-Off and Landing passenger aircraft
Boeing is working on the creation of a small aircraft designed to carry passengers in urban environments. The electric car on test successfully took off vertically and sat down, and also hung in one place.
For the first time, the Boeing Aircraft Corporation tested a prototype autonomous passenger aircraft (PAV) designed for flying in urban environments. The tests of the device were successful, the message about them was published on the website of the corporation.
According to the technical director of Boeing Greg Hislop, the corporation managed to go from concept to a working prototype in one year. The company expects that the device will be able to fly to a distance of 80 km.
Mini-aircraft size of 9 to 8.5 m is equipped with an electric motor. During the tests, he made a vertical take-off and landing, and also managed to hover in one place (intermediate soaring). The prototype division of Boeing NeXt and its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences are engaged in the creation and fine-tuning of the prototype.
During the next test, the company will test the transition from vertical takeoff to horizontal flight and back. This stage, as a rule, is the most serious engineering challenge for any machine with vertical take-off and landing, the report said Boeing.
This is not the only model of Boeing, equipped with an electric motor. Boeing NeXt also develops an unmanned cargo electric aircraft (CAV), designed for the carriage of goods weighing no more than 226 kg (500 pounds). CAV made its first indoor flight last year, its flight tests in the open air will be held in 2019.