Canada’s Condor Drone To Carry 400 lb Payload

Canada’s Condor Drone To Carry 400 lb Payload

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has been making headlines lately with its focus on building a fleet of drones that accepts pallet size payload shipments, ideal for transporting bulk cargo, both in Canada and abroad.

Fox 5 New York reports that the Canadian company says it has started development of a drone that will be able to deliver packages that weigh up to 400 pounds. The Condor is DDC’s newest cargo delivery drone with a lifting capability estimated at 400 pounds of payload, designed to fly approximately 150km. The Condor boasts a considerably larger payload compartment compared to both the Raven and Sparrow.

“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. The Condor will be our first delivery drone that offers our customers a platform for greater capacities of bulk shipments” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO. “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 Sparrow obtained its Declaration of Compliance accepted by Transport Canada in December 2017. The company conducted the first test of its Sparrow drone at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York on March 5, 2018. The flights were actually controlled from the company’s headquarters in Ontario, Canada. The Sparrow has a 5kg lifting capacity.

The company hopes to begin flying the Condor at its testing facilities in late 2018, and is making plans to tests it’s Raven UAV as well. The Raven will be able to carry payloads of up to 25 pounds and fly them around 60 km. The company says it has identified around a thousand remote communities in northern Canada that could deliver items via their drones.

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