|Horsefly UAS delivering a package. Photo: Workhorse Group
[Avionics Today 04-22-2015] The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released a shortlist of companies bidding to build its next generation of delivery vehicles — and an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) company is among them. Workhorse Group could be delivering packages for the U.S. government through an electric delivery truck, called the Workhorse, and its Horsefly eight-rotor UAS as early as 2018.
The Horsefly can deliver packages weighing up to 10 pounds and uses the delivery truck as a landing pad to save time instead of travelling back and forth from a warehouse.
USPS will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May and will next select suppliers to provide prototype vehicles to take part in a year-long test program.