DDC to unveil 180-kg payload Condor
By UAV Canada Staff
By UAV Canada Staff
Drone Delivery Canada plans to unveil its largest payload cargo delivery drone on February 19, 2019, at the Toronto Stock Exchange. With 180 kgs (400 lbs) of capacity, the Condor will be displayed for the day at the TMX Broadcast Centre Gallery in downtown Toronto.
The Condor, explains Drone Delivery Canada (DDC), has been in development for the past year and is the next generation of the company’s drone delivery cargo aircraft. DDC projects the Condor will have a potential travel distance of up to 200 km with its payload capacity of 180 kgs. The Condor is powered by what DDC describes as a next generation gas propulsion engine.
“The global application for the Condor is virtually limitless. As such, the Condor is a big part of the future of DDC’s commercial operations,” said Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of DDC. “Having the ability to move heavy cargo long distances is a significant milestone for us that opens up many potential commercial opportunities in both Canadian as well as international markets.”
The Condor has a wing span 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 utilized in all of DDC’s cargo delivery drones. This is also the same management system that was utilized in the fall of 2018, during DDC’s operations in Moosonee and Moose Factory, Ontario, in support of Transport Canada’s Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) pilot project.
“Our FLYTE system is Drone agnostic, meaning we can embed our technology into any airframe. In this instance, we have embedded our drone delivery technology into the Condor, providing flexibility and cost savings,” said Paul Di Benedetto, CTO of Drone Delivery Canada.
DDC explains it will be working closely with Transport Canada to secure the necessary approvals to begin flight testing the Condor in the third quarter of 2019.