Workhorse To Sell SureFly eVTOL Program to Moog
Moog is paying $4 million to take on Workhorse's SureFly eVTOL program.
HorseFly is an unmanned cargo delivery aircraft. In a deal completed in November 2019, Workhorse will jointly develop the program with Moog, which has separately acquired Workhorse's SureFly eVTOL aircraft program.
In October 2019, Workhorse and Unmanned Systems Operations Group began operating the HorseFly for medical supply deliveries in San Diego, California, under a pilot program approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. As of November 2019, the companies had not published a timeline for type certification.
In mid December 2019, the company declined to comment when asked what the next steps and timeline would be for the HorseFly program. "These are maturing technologies, and, over time, we will be working with regulators to shape future requirements," said a spokesperson. This could be taken to mean that the scope of the program could end up being revised.
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Prospects for getting the HorseFly approved for commercial operations were boosted by the November 2019 agreement for Workhorse and Moog to work together on the program. Moog paid $4 million to cash-strapped Workhorse for its SureFly eVTOL program. It has not confirmed how much it may also invest in HorseFly, but Moog appears to have deep enough pockets to get both programs to market.
The HorseFly unmanned delivery aircraft is being jointly developed by Workhorse and Moog under a joint-venture agreement completed in November 2019. It is unclear when the partners intend to complete type certification for the aircraft. In October 2019, it began trial operations delivering medical supplies in San Diego, California, with Unmanned Systems Operations Group.
The all-electric aircraft has six ducted rotors. It is designed to operate in conjunction with Workhorse's C1000 electric delivery truck.