DDC commercializing cargo drone

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

TORONTO – Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) says it will begin commercializing its Condor cargo drone.

The Condor has a lifting capability of 180 kg (400 lb) of payload, a travel range of 200 km and an operating speed of 120 kph.  The multi-package payload compartment is designed to carry approximately 20 cubic feet of cargo.

This phase of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight testing will take place at the Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta in the summer of 2020 under a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), thatDC expects to obtain in Q2 2020.

“Market response to the Condor has been strong,” said Michael Zahra, DDC president and CEO.

“The capabilities of the Condor simply address many social – medical, pharmaceutical, remote communities, humanitarian aid – and economic – mining, oil & gas, courier – use-cases being requested.”

The Condor measures 22 feet long, five feet wide and seven feet tall. It has a rotor diameter of approximately 20 feet and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing.

It is equipped with DDC’s proprietary FLYTE management system which is the same platform used in all of DDC’s cargo delivery drones.

The Foremost Test Range is a permanent Restricted Airspace area for flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems, located in Southeastern Alberta. The airspace is attractive for companies that wish to conduct beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) test flights. The test range provides 700 square nautical miles (2400 square kilometres) of airspace designated for drone operations up to 18,000 feet above sea level.