HorseFly, a newly designed, autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle, was developed to work in tandem with Workhorse electric delivery trucks, creating a safe, fast and never-before-seen method of delivering goods. (Elliot Bokeno)
During his time as a CEAS PhD student, Wei led a team of his fellow aerospace engineering students—Bryan Brown, Jeff Bennett, Nicholas Schwartz, Vince DeChellis and Nathaniel Richards—to apply his research and develop an autonomous UAV for the locally-based company, Workhorse Group Inc. (formerly known as AMP Electric Vehicles). The UAV, named Horsefly, works in tandem with Workhorse electric delivery trucks to create a fast and safe method for delivering packaged goods.
The partnership between UC and Workhorse Group Inc. was secured through UCRI, an independent nonprofit institution working to connect UC experts to industry partners, facilitate commercialization of research and enhance experiential learning for UC students.
There is currently a patent filed for the Workhorse Horsefly delivery drone. Wei has been working at Workhorse for the last few months and plans to transfer back to UC as an adjunct instructor in the very near future.
About the AHS International’s 71st Annual Forum & Technology Display
The three-day meeting included more than 230 technical papers, totaling 250+ presentations, detailing the latest theories and breakthroughs in vertical flight technology. Leaders in industry, academia and government discussed their perspectives on the future of vertical flight technology. Also included in the forum were panels of the CEOs of major helicopter manufacturers and suppliers, US Army and US Navy/Marine Corps aviation program managers, and other vertical flight science and technology leaders.
Guests of the conference had the opportunity to see the latest technologies from leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities and research & development organizations as well as interact and share ideas with more than 1,200 of the world’s top vertical flight professionals.
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