Autonomous Drone Delivery System

UPS Tests Residential Delivery Via Drone Launched From Atop Package Car

  • UPS works with truck-launched drone-maker Workhorse Group in the test
  • The test demonstrates potential efficiencies drones can provide on rural delivery routes
  • Unlike previous drone tests, the UPS/Workhorse test incorporates drone delivery into day-to-day delivery operations
Read the full press release


The HorseFly™ UAV Delivery system is a custom built, high efficiency octocopter-based delivery UAV that is fully integrated with our line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks. The HorseFly system is designed to conform to the FAA guidelines for UAV operation in the U.S. Most notably, being fully integrated with delivery trucks, the system is designed such that a driver or driver’s assistant can maintain line-of-sight operation of the UAV delivery process.


HorseFly Above Truck



Empty Weight
9.5 lbs. [without battery]
Payload Volume
0.6 cu. ft.
8-Rotor Octocopter
Guidance System
Autonomous GPS and Compass (in-flight)
Infrared Camera (landing)
Remote Human Monitored
Max Speed
50 mph
Battery Pack
Custom 18650 based pack
4G onboard Data Connection
Energy Use Cost
$0.03 per mile

Delivery System

Auto Delivery System


HorseFly™ Driver Delivery Software

Tablet 1

Tablet will notify driver when an aerial delivery is available.

Tablet 2

The driver will then decide where to land the package and will double tap to deliver.

UAV Safety

The HorseFly™ UAV is unique in its use of a human monitor during the final package drop-off stage of delivery. When the UAV is in position above the destination, a remote observer is sent a video feed, which can be used to assess the safe completion of the delivery and make any small adjustments to the UAV position during drop-off, if needed. By monitoring this crucial stage of the process, we can deliver a more flexible and trusted delivery than full-automation alone. Using this method, a single remote observer can efficiently monitor a fleet of many UAVs at once, since observation is only needed during the final descent and not during normal flight operations.

UAV Controller


In Partnership with University of Cincinnati

"The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, offers success by providing a balance of academic excellence, real-world experience and collaborative research."

Wilmington Airport

Outdoor Test Facility

Wilmington Air Park is a public-use airport located two nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Wilmington, a city in Clinton County, Ohio, United States

Address: 113 Airport Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177

Code: ILN

Elevation: 1,076'

In the News

The HorseFly™ has been creating a lot of buzz in the delivery business.

Aerospace News 1

CEO Steve Burns Interviewed by Fox About the HorseFly System

Watch the Video

Aerospace News 3

Horsefly™ Package Delivery Pilot Underway in Cincinnati

"The HorseFly truck-launched Autonomous Drone Package Delivery System is now making real-life package deliveries to homes in the Cincinnati area"

Aerospace News 2

UPS Tests Residential Delivery Via Drone Launched From atop Package Car

“UPS announced today that it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of a UPS® package car."

Aerospace News 4

Drone Delivery At Your Front Door

Inside Science explores the future of package delivery

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