Aerospace

Drone Delivery Canada Begins Beyond the Visual Line of Sight Testing

14 August 2018
The Sparrow drone's technology for BVLOS has been completed and testing is underway. Source: Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has been making waves in the UAV delivery market by forming an agreement last year to develop health-care deliveries to rural locations in the country and creating a heavy drone, known as the Condor, capable of carrying 400-pound payloads.

The company has been working on beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) technology as part of its Remote Communities Project that will use next-generation drone logistics to assist in connecting remote communities across the vastness of Canada.

Now the company is testing its BVLOS in a number of test flights in Alma, Quebec, after being granted approval by Transport Canada.

The test flights are the first phase of the Remote Communities Project that will run through mid-August in preparation for a larger Transport Canada Project that will take place in September in the Moosonee and Moose Factory communities.

DDC said its drone delivery system is complete and operational and is ready to move to the next step of commercialization after this current round of testing.

Both the heavy cargo Condor and the smaller Sparrow drone use DDC’s FLYTE management system that includes communications, telemetry and automated flight capabilities.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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