Drone Delivery Canada inks healthcare cargo delivery deal

TORONTO — Drone Delivery Canada will deploy its drone delivery platform with DSV Panalpina A/S to deliver healthcare-related cargo from DSV’s from the company’s warehouse in Milton, Ontario to local customers.

DDC will deploy its Sparrow cargo drone. The term of the agreement is three months and full payment will be made upfront by DSV.

At the destination, the Sparrow will hover at a lowered altitude, drop untethered cargo in a designated area shared by multiple DSV transactional customers, then return to DSV’s DroneSpot. The route is approximately 3.5km.

Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its operations control centre in Vaughan, Ontario. DDC will implement the solution in Q3 2020 and expects to begin providing drone delivery services in the same quarter, with the potential of more additional routes being added in 2020. All operations will be done in accordance with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Transport Canada flight authorizations.

“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,” said Michael Zahra, president and CEO of DDC. “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.”