DDC begins hazard drone deliveries in remote Canada

06 August 2022
A Drone Delivery Canada Sparrow drone that is loaded with dangerous goods for transportation into remote regions of Canada. Source: DDC

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (DDC) has begun implementation of dangerous goods transportation for the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine’s Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative (DTI).

The program will use DDC’s Sparrow drones and DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones for a two-way delivery flight to transport a variety of cargo to the towns of Stellat’en First Nation and the Village of Fraser Lake, located in central northern British Columbia, Canada.

DDC said it is the only remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) to be issued a Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) approval and the only operator in Canada to conduct beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) and dangerous goods operations simultaneously.

The types of goods the DDC can now transport to these remote communities include medication and lab specimens that are classified as dangerous goods.

DDC already has been operating transporting services to remote locations in Canada for healthcare items and other goods while working with the Canadian government to test and deploy drones BVLOS. DDC is operating in remote regions where it is more difficult to travel due to environmental or road conditions. Drones could be seen to easily send goods and healthcare back and forth quickly in the cases of emergency or just routine deliveries.

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