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Drone company developing cargo model

Drone Delivery Canada’s cargo drone will carry up to 400 pounds of payload.
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Drone Delivery Canada is working on a cargo model that would be capable of carrying 400 pounds and travelling 150 kilometres. (Supplied photo)

Drone Delivery Canada has begun developing a cargo drone that can carry up to 400 pounds of payload.

In a March 21 press release, the company said the ‘Condor’ would be able to travel 150 kilometres, carry up to 400 pounds of cargo and handle pallet-sized shipments, making it ideal for transporting bulk cargo, in Canada and abroad.

“Our engineering team is focused on building out our fleet to provide drones capable of addressing a wide range of client requirements in different geographies,” CEO Tony Di Benedetto said in the release.

“The Condor will be our first delivery drone that offers our customers a platform for greater capacities of bulk shipments.

“We continue to push the envelope advancing our fleets capabilities to meet and exceed client requirements in Northern Canada and elsewhere around the world.”

The company said the Condor would be fully integrated with the company’s proprietary FLYTE™ management system.

This is the third release in the Vaughan-based company’s series of drones.

Last fall, the company struck an agreement with the Moose Cree First Nation to test its Sparrow model drone – capable of carrying up to 10 pounds of payload and flying a few kilometres – to deliver medicine, groceries and general goods to the remote community.

Testing on the Raven – capable of carrying 25 pounds of payload and flying 60 kilometres – started during the first quarter of 2018.

Drone Delivery Canada received a Special Flight Operations Certificate earlier this year, making the company compliant with Transport Canada’s operational standard for unmanned aerial vehicles.