Drone Delivery Canada to pilot cargo flights with payload of up to 400 pounds
DRONE Delivery Canada (DDC) plans to launch revenue-generating package deliveries this month from DSV Panalpina A/S's 1
DRONE Delivery Canada (DDC) plans to launch revenue-generating package deliveries this month from DSV Panalpina A/S's 1.1 million-square-foot import/export distribution centre near Toronto.
The Danish logistics provider's international freight management division started operating at the new facility in Milton, Ontario located 18 miles from Pearson International Airport, a month ago. It is the largest multi-tenant warehouse in Canada and the largest facility in the company's global network, reported American Shipper.
DSV Air & Sea agreed in October to use Drone Delivery Canada's Sparrow drone to deliver parcels up to 10 pounds to certain customers. DDC said it has installed landing pads and battery management systems for the Sparrows and has successfully conducted numerous test flights. Flights will initially take place on site before branching out to pickup and delivery for customers with time-sensitive shipments.
DDC will begin commercial testing in the second quarter of its Robin XL drone that is designed to handle heavier winds and lower temperatures than its predecessor, the Sparrow. The drone, with a payload capacity of 25 pounds and travel range of 37 miles, has an automated payload that eliminates the need for a person to unload the aircraft at selected locations.
The publicly listed company is also beginning commercialisation of its heavy-lift Condor drone, which can handle payloads of 400 pounds and travel 124 miles at up to 75 mph. The multi-package cargo deck is designed to carry 20 cubic feet of cargo. The Condor is 22 feet long, five feet wide and seven feet tall. It has a rotor diameter of 20 feet and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
Remote flight testing is expected to take place at a test range in Alberta this summer. The unmanned aerial system is being developed with several types of customers in mind, including rural communities, courier companies, and mining and oil-and-gas companies.