DDC approved for remote drone operations over people

28 June 2023
The Canary drone reached its final milestone in the development of remote piloted aircraft for use in rural Canada. Source: DDC

Drone Delivery Canada Corp (DDC). has been accepted by Transport Canada for its Canary remote piloted aircraft (RPA) to now be operated over people.

This is considered the final milestone in the development of the Canary drone as it can deliver a variety of shipments such as medical supplies to both urban areas as well as remote and hard-to-reach areas in Canada.

Allowing the Canary RPA drone to fly overpopulated areas, it expands potential applications and use cases. The Canary drone includes:

  • 20 kilometer range
  • Payload up to 4.5 kilograms
  • 50% battery reduction compared to other drones
  • Parachute recovery system

The Canary RPA is designed to reduce ground infrastructure costs, speed up deployments and provide new transportation methods for both remote and urban areas, DDC said.

The declaration by Transport Canada was given to DDC due to the Canary’s multiple redundant systems and fail-safe mechanisms. DDC said the validation opens new opportunities to provide drone delivery services in urban areas such as e-commerce fulfillment and humanitarian aid missions.

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