Drone Delivery Canada granted approval to test heavy-lifting drone
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced Transport Canada has granted it a SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) approving the company to commence testing of its Robin X1400 cargo delivery drone in Canadian skies.
The Robin X1400 is now fully integrated with DDC’s proprietary “FLYTE” management system and is capable of both larger payloads and greater flight ranges, of up to 60 kms. Flight testing will start in the second week of August 2018.
The Robin X1400 (formerly the Raven X1400) will utilizes a dual payload deployment system, as announced earlier this year, which would allow both static and tethered cargo deployments.
DDC believes the tethered deployment system is the future for delivery in urban settings. With the tethered solution, the drone never lands. It simply deploys its payload by tether while hovering above at a height of approximately 100 feet in the air.
“The Robin, with its 25 lbs payload capacity and DDC’s new tethered cargo deployment system is an excellent addition to our expanding drone fleet offering yet another option to customers both in Canada, and abroad,” Tony Di Benedetto, CEO, said. “We wish to thank Transport Canada for allowing us to continue to expand our platforms capabilities with the granting of the SFOC.”
DDC continues to also make advancements with it larger 400 lbs payload drone known as the Condor, the company stated.