Skip to content

Drone delivery company opens operations centre

Vaughan facility will handle 1,500 drones
Drone Delivery Canada said its newly built 16,000-square-foot operations centre in Vaughan will be able to manage 1,500 drones making deliveries to commercial customers. (DDC photo)

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has opened its new, 16,000-square-foot commercial operations centre.

On Sept. 5, the company said when at full capacity, the Vaughan facility will be able to manage 1,500 drones on behalf of commercial paying customers globally.

DDC said it expects to soon announce its first paying customer, which it describes as a large, multinational corporation.

“Our operations centre is the first of its kind globally and will be scalable to 1,500 drones and routes,” said Michael Zahra, DDC’s president and CEO, in a news release.

“On average, we anticipate charging customers a licensing fee of $10,000 per drone, per route, per month.

“With the high level of technical automation we have achieved with our drones, our patented FLYTE system and the operations centre, we will lower operating costs, resulting in a high-margin business with predictable monthly reoccurring revenue.”

Want to read more stories about business in the North? Subscribe to our newsletter.

DDC has been steadily making progress into the drone-delivery business.

In late 2018, it signed a $2.5-million contract to deliver goods via drone to Moose Cree First Nation communities.

This past June, DDC and Air Canada inked an exclusive 10-year deal to partner on marketing DDC’s drone delivery services.

Under the agreement, Air Canada Cargo will market and sell DDC’s drone delivery services in Canada using Air Canada Cargo’s marketing and sales platforms and resources.

The company has developed multiple drones, capable of carrying various payloads. 

The earliest model, the Sparrow, can carry 10 pounds of cargo and fly just a few kilometres. DDC followed that up with the Raven, which can carry 25 pounds of payload and fly 60 kilometres, and the Falcon, which can carry 50 pounds of cargo and fly 60 kilometres.

Last February, the company launched the Condor, which can carry 400 pounds of payload and travel 200 kilometres.

Among the sectors DDC is targeting for its services are mining, agriculture, forestry and construction.