Government Of Canada Orders Heavy-Lift Condor Drone from DDC

DDC will provide a Condor drone and will collaborate with Transport Canada in operating, testing and evaluating the capabilities of the drone until December 2023 By Caroline Rees / 27 Mar 2023
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Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (DDC), with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, has signed a contract with the Canadian government to work with Transport Canada in operating and evaluating DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform using DDC’s heavy-lift Condor remote piloted aircraft.  

Under the terms of the contract, valued at up to $1.2 million, DDC will provide Transport Canada with a Condor drone, and will collaborate with Transport Canada in operating, testing and evaluating the capabilities of the Condor drone solution until December 2023. 

The contract, with the Canadian government’s Innovative Solutions Canada program, consists of 3 phases:

  1. Short range flights
  2. Long range endurance flights
  3. Extreme environmental testing

The Condor measures 22 feet long, 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall, and has a multi-package payload compartment designed to carry approximately 20 cubic feet of cargo. 

It has a rotor diameter of approximately 20 feet and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. The Condor is equipped with the company’s proprietary FLYTE management system which is the same platform used in all the company’s cargo delivery drones. 

The turnkey solution is expected to be marketed in a managed service SaaS business model in Canada and potentially as a licensed managed service internationally, subject to applicable regulation.

Image: CNW Group/Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Subject to all required regulatory approvals, the increased size and payload capacity of the Condor is expected to unlock a significant number of new potential use case opportunities, including in sectors such as mining, oil and gas, inspection, and emergency preparedness.

“We are extremely excited to provide Transport Canada with our Condor drone and to be involved in the Innovation Solutions Canada program. We look forward to working with Transport Canada to display the full capabilities of the Condor and to potentially offer the Condor platform to all interested government of Canada parties,” said Steve Magirias, CEO of DDC. “This contract is made possible through the talent and effort of the DDC team which has worked tirelessly to get our Condor drone developed to achieve this milestone along with potential future milestones.”

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact
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