• David Smith

SureFly drone to be released in 2019

An Ohio-based company has announced that the electric hybrid SureFly drone will be released in late 2019. The amazing "octocopter" (which gets its name from its eight propellers) will be able to carry up to two people.

The drone will be able to carry up to 400 pounds and will be able to fly for 70 miles at a time at speeds of up to 70 mph. “The drone is powered by a hybrid system combining gas combustion engine and parallel battery pack,” according to Digital Trends. The propellers fold and allow the drone to fit inside a car garage.

Like other drones, pilots control the SureFly using a "simple and easy to pilot" joy stick. Workhorse is working to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The company believes the drone will be great help in other fields such as medicine, the military, agriculture, and surveillance.

Workhorse is the same company that is working with UPS to deliver packages to customers using drones. Down the road, the company hopes to transition from pilot-operated to autonomous helicopters.

The SureFly drone is now available for pre-order and is expected to start being constructed at the beginning of 2019. "There’s a $1,000 refundable deposit for interested customers to add themselves to the reservation list," according to Entrepreneur. The drone is expected to sell for around $200,000.