Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (DDC) has announced a pivotal milestone toward commercializing its drone logistics platform: It has successfully flown beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator.
The flights – which took place in Foremost, Alberta, after DDC received a Special Flight Operating Certificate from Transport Canada – prove that DDC’s BVLOS technical capability has now passed the most important landmark to enable the platform to run commercially, according to the company.
“We are the only pure play drone delivery company that has ever successfully achieved BVLOS flights under Transport Canada’s oversight,” says Richard Buzbuzian, president of DDC. “This is a major milestone for our company. With this success in hand, we now have greater visibility than ever before to operate commercially. Additionally, more than ever, we are also seeing international inquiry for our platform. This win has been a major step forward for us, both domestically and internationally.”
The systems that were tested include DDC’s proprietary FLYTE management system, as well as its avoidance technology and communications platform. During the flights, DDC’s mission control cener in Toronto – located 2,500 kilometers away – monitored and record telemetry in real time.
“The success of these flights now allows us to expand our testing with both new and existing clients that include large corporations and government organizations in Canada and abroad,” adds CEO Tony Di Benedetto. “Given Canada’s geography and some of the obvious and social opportunities in Northern Canada, we believe the best place to start commercializing this platform is in our own backyard – then internationally as we prove out our systems.”