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Drone Delivery Canada announces first tests of its next drone

Flight range and cargo capacity of the Canary will be confirmed via future testing but it is expected to have a range of approximately ~20km+ and cargo capacity of 4.5kg.

November 15, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO — Drone Delivery Canada Corp. announces the successful initial tests of its Sparrow drone.

The next generation Sparrow, to be commercialized as the Canary, successfully passed first tests. Flight range and cargo capacity of the Canary will be confirmed via future testing but it is expected to have a range of approximately ~20km+ and cargo capacity of 4.5kg. Features include a new motor configuration, smart battery technology, touchless cargo drop functionality, a future optional public announcement system and an optional aircraft parachute.

Initial tests included avionics system configuration, communications with the FLYTE management system, communications with the smart battery system, propulsion system (motor spin / direction) testing, and on-board sensor testing.

“We’re pleased to be working towards the commercialization of the Canary. Its new functionality, especially the aircraft parachute, unlocks potential future use cases that are currently challenging to address – like flight over people, plus urban & residential deliveries. Being able to address these applications with our award-winning solution is on our strategic roadmap and is expected to open up potentially significant and currently underserved markets,” said Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC.

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The current version Sparrow continues to commercially operate successfully at current customer projects and will continue to be available to future customers. As previously announced, the Company will look to complete the Robin XL commercialization as future market demands may indicate.

The Company is also working towards the further development of ground-based and airborne detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems which are expected to even further open new commercially viable uses cases, BVLOS operations, reduce operational costs and provide a robust solution to meet even more customer demands.

The Company’s turnkey logistics solution is marketed in a managed service SaaS business model in Canada and as a licensed managed service internationally.