Workhorse’s SureFly passenger drone to take off for first time at CES

Workhorse’s SureFly passenger drone to take off for first time at CES

Workhorse Group’s SureFly personal passenger drone will take off for the first time at CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 8. This follows the receipt of an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Workhorse’s SureFly passenger drone to take off for first time at CES

The SureFly, which emerged at Paris Air Air Show in June last year, is a manned, personal helicopter. Early models will be pilot-operated with a joystick controller but future models will use autonomous technology.

Steve Burns, the company’s CEO, describes it like this: “The SureFly is a two-person (or one person with cargo) manned helicopter with eight rotors, each powered by its own electric motor. It is meant for short flights, with about 70 miles of range. A gasoline generator supplies the power to the motors, and two lithium-ion battery packs act as backup, providing five minutes of time to land after it's out of gas. It's small enough to fit in a garage, thanks to its folding arms. Workhorse intends for the price to be about $200,000 or less.”

SureFly takes off

Ahead of the debut next week, Workhorse has also announced it will spin off SureFly as its own business.

SureFly, Inc. will take over Workhorse's aerial technology, but Workhorse will still retain the assets to its HorseFly delivery drone.

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    HJ Perkins

    This project joins the huge crowd of wannabe "jetpacks" for the masses. There's so far to go between a homebuilt platform that gets an EXPT decal and a certifiable fly-by-wire VTOL. There isn't enough skill or money at Workhorse to pull this off. Mostly it exists because the company wants to attract investors for a buyout, and in the near term they desperately need to sell shares. CEO Steve Burns comes up with a new project once every few months to try to make this little truck modification shop look like a so-called tech company.

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