DDC selected for UBC drone transport program
Drone Delivery Canada Corp., with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, has been selected by the University of British Columbia (UBC) to deploy DDC’s patented drone delivery solution at the Stellat’en First Nation, for UBC’s “Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative” program.
The project will enable defined-route deliveries utilizing DDC’s Sparrow drone and its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones, as well as additional drone flight infrastructure as required. DDC explains the solution will be used to transport a variety of cargo for the benefit of the Stellat’en First Nation, located in the Fraser Lake area of Central Northern British Columbia.
DDC and UBC are still working toward finalizing a definitive agreement shortly. DDC expects to commence deployment of site infrastructure this summer and to begin providing drone delivery services under the agreement in the second half of 2021. The drone project term is expected to be 12 months. This deployment will be DDC’s fourth First Nations project and its first in British Columbia.
Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.
“Many First Nations communities in B.C. are on lockdown to reduce transmission of COVID-19, which has exacerbated inequitable access to health care supplies and services, ranging from personal protective equipment and medications to laboratory services such as COVID-19 testing and diagnostics for other medical conditions,” said Dr. Michael Allard, Vice-Dean, Health Engagement & Partnerships, UBC.