Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced it will begin testing its Condor UAV, a heavy-lift, long-range cargo delivery drone it hopes can help with humanitarian aid projects as well as public and private sector ventures.
DDC said that interest in the craft is extremely high, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The testing will take place at the Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta, Canada, and will comprise BVLOS flights.
The Drone Delivery Canada Condor has a 180kg payload, a travel range of 200km and an operating speed of 120kph.
The multi-package payload compartment is designed to carry approximately 20 cubic feet of cargo.
It measures 22 feet long, 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
“Market response to the Condor has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Michael Zahra, president and CEO of DDC. “With the COVID-19 situation, interested customers have asked us to fast-track the commercialization process which we are now doing.
“The capabilities of the Condor simply address many social and economic 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.
“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.”