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Workhorse Group says it has received a commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration for further research and development of its HorseFly drone package-delivery system.

Stephen Burns, Workhorse's CEO, says the commercial exemption “represents a key milestone” in the development of the system. Announced earlier this year, HorseFly works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft. 

The HorseFly octocopter weighs 15 pounds, can carry a 10-pound package and flies as fast as 50 mph for as long as 30 minutes until its batteries need recharging.

Workhorse says that by using a touchscreen interface in its delivery truck, the driver inputs a destination, and the HorseFly can launch itself from the roof of the vehicle, ascend to a safe cruising altitude and navigate autonomously to the desired delivery point, like a house’s front stoop, to drop off a package.

This Section 333 exemption follows receipt of a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex. That will allow Workhorse and the University of Cincinnati to continue their joint development of the HorseFly at the Wilmington Air Park in Ohio.

Originally posted on Trucking Info

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