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DDC tests delivery drone for harsh environments

Steve Rogerson
March 10, 2020

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) is starting testing of its Robin XL drone with a lifting capability of 11.3kg of payload and a travel range of 60km. Designed for harsher climates, it could be on commercial routes by the second quarter of this year.
The Robin XL is larger than DDC's Sparrow cargo delivery drone. The Robin has an electric power plant and boasts a payload capacity of 11.3kg and a flight distance of 60km. It is engineered for harsher environments, heavier wind capability and colder temperatures than the Sparrow.
"Our engineering team has been working alongside various commercial partners and clients to develop the Robin to satisfy their commercial requirements," said Paul Di Benedetto, CTO at DDC. "We are very excited to commence flights with the Robin as our technology continues to evolve to address the requirements of our customers around the globe."
The Robin XL will also have the option of automatic cargo deployment, no longer requiring a handler to remove the cargo upon arrival. With this automated payload release option, the Robin will be able to release the cargo automatically at its pre-defined drop off location and return to its originating point. There will no  longer be a need for a cargo handler at the receiving side.
The Robin will begin commercial testing in southern Ontario and the company hopes to announce commercial routes for the Robin as early as Q2 2020.
DDC is a drone technology company focused on the design, development and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform, using drones. The platform will be used as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for government and corporate organisations globally.