Drone Delivery Canada Expands Operations

By Mike Ball / 23 Jun 2020
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Drone Delivery Canada Sparrow drone

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has entered into an agreement with DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada, the Canadian division of the global transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina A/S, to utilise DDC’s Sparrow cargo delivery drone to deliver healthcare-related goods from DSV’s warehouse in Milton, Ontario to local customers. This is the second cargo route that DDC will fly for DSV, the first route having been established within the Milton site.

DDC’s Sparrow drone will perform deliveries by flying approximately 3.5km to a designated area shared by multiple DSV customers, descending to and hovering at a lower altitude, and dropping untethered cargo. After the delivery is complete, the drone will return to a DroneSpot takeoff and landing zone.

All flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario, and will be conducted in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Transport Canada flight authorizations. DDC has the potential to add additional routes in the future.

Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC, commented: “We are currently flying hundreds of successful flights per month at DSV for their first route, and we are pleased to announce a second paid route with DSV. DSV is a global leader in the logistics space and a perfect fit as a scalable customer for us. DSV will use our proven Sparrow drone with the new cargo drop functionality, patented FLYTE system, and commercial operations centre. It’s very fulfilling to DDC to provide DSV a solution to help deliver important healthcare related cargo given the current situation.”

Martin Roos, Managing Director of DSV Air & Sea Canada, said: “During this critical time, we have helped many of our clients find new ways of delivering cargo. In order to keep goods flowing through the supply chain, innovative solutions are key to embrace. Drone delivery provides an answer to many of the challenges we’ve seen during the current situation.

“Our partnership with DDC and Air Canada Cargo provides the opportunity to fulfill our clients’ needs, ensuring time sensitive, critical cargo can be delivered locally with accuracy, efficiency and minimal person-to-person contact. We are excited to optimize our clients’ supply chains and are now exploring the true potential of drone innovation.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact