DDC tests cargo delivery drone with 11kg payload
February 1, 2018
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has started testing its Raven X1400 cargo delivery drone that is engineered to provide payload capacities of up to 11.3kg and to fly approximately 60km.
The X1400 has a larger payload than DDC's Sparrow X1000 drone, which had its Declaration of Compliance accepted by Transport Canada in December 2017. The addition of the X1400 delivery drone is designed to meet the difficult weather conditions of northern Canada and provide larger payloads.
To date, DDC has identified approximately 1000 northern remote communities in Canada where both the Raven X1400 and Sparrow X1000 delivery payloads would meet and exceed community requirements in terms of deliver payloads and travel distances.
"We continue to develop our platform to expand our capabilities to meet and exceed client requirements," said Tony Di Benedetto, DDC CEO. "While doing so, we now simply just look to integrate our Flyte management system into a newer airframe design to expand the fleet."
The Raven X1400 is integrated with the proprietary Flyte management system. Unlike the Sparrow X1000, it will provide a dual payload configuration for static and tethered deployment. Tethered deployment is a technology which DDC has been developing over the past two years which the company considers revolutionary and quite possibly the future for delivery in urban settings as it is not drone spot specific but rather never lands and deploys its payload by tether while hovering at a height of approximately 30m.
DDC is testing the Raven at its in-house testing laboratory evaluating its endurance and reliability and will commence outdoor flights once it has passed its testing procedure and SFOC approvals from Transport Canada.