Having been granted permission from Transport Canada to test its drone delivery technology in the northern regions of the country, Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) recently tested its platform in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities, where the company completed a series of successful flights of distances of up to 2.12 kilometers (approximately 1.32 miles) while maintaining visual contact.
DDC’s drones operated in Class E airspace, which has hundreds of helicopter and manned aircraft flights taking place daily, according to the company. While flying autonomously, DDC says it seamlessly integrated into this busy airspace.
For these tests, DDC’s operations control center coordinated with NAV Canada and Timmins’ flight service station. In the end, the company says the multiple flights achieved a 100% success rate in some of Canada’s most extreme weather conditions, including strong wind and snow.
“We are extremely pleased with our test flights in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities,” comments Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of DDC. “I would like to thank all stakeholders, including the communities, the regulators, the local aviation community and DDC’s technical team, to allow this coordinated effort to take place and achieve very positive results for all. Our technology has shown positive results through these initial flights to be a viable infrastructure solution for Canada’s North to help increase access and reduce logistics costs.”
DDC says it will work under Transport Canada’s guidance to continue to advance testing and development throughout the Canadian geography.