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Drone Delivery Canada announces plans to accelerate commercial testing of its Condor drone

Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada opens the cargo bay door of his company's newest, largest and farthest range cargo delivery drone, the Condor, in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The 7 metre long Condor has a payload capacity of 180 kilograms and a potential travel distance of up to 200 kilometres. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/J.P. Moczulski (CNW Group/Drone Delivery Canada)

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is pleased to announce it will begin the commercial testing of the Condor. The drone has a lifting capability of 180kgs of payload, a travel range of 200kms and an operating speed of 120kph.  The multi-package payload compartment is designed to carry approximately 20 cubic feet of cargo.

The company press release explains this phase of testing for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight is taking place at the Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta, Canada and will trial the long-range and heavy-lift capabilities of the Condor.  The company is in discussions with various potential customers, who all have expressed a strong interest especially during the current pandemic and the need to connect with remote communities to aid in fighting covid-19.

Company President and CEO, Michael Zahra, commented, “Market response to the Condor has been overwhelmingly positive.  With the coronavirus pandemic, interested customers have asked us to fast-track the commercialisation process which we are now doing.  The capabilities of the Condor address many social (medical, pharmaceutical, remote communities, Indigenous communities, humanitarian aid, etc) and economic (mining, oil & gas, courier, inspection, etc) use-cases being requested by DDC’s customers. Drone delivery is also an ideal solution for limiting person-to-person contact in the current pandemic situation.  These requests are happening globally.”  He continued, “Additionally, DDC’s patented FLYTE system is airframe agnostic, meaning it can easily be integrated onto future DDC or third-party drones and rotary or fixed-wing manned aircraft to allow the Company to offer a strong technology roadmap for even heavier-lift and longer-range drones in the future.”

The Condor measures 22 feet long, 5 feet wide and 7 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.

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