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A new cargo drone capable of lifting 180kgs (400lbs) of payload has reached the stage of commercial testing in Canada. The aircraft will reportedly provide next-generation logistic services for retailers, service providers and government agencies.
The Condor manufactured by Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has a travel range of 200kms and an operating speed of 120kph.
The phase of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight testing will take place in the summer of 2020 under a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), according to the company website.
The capabilities of the Condor address many social use cases – medical, pharmaceutical, remote communities, humanitarian aid, etc, as well as economic applications, such as mining, oil & gas, courier, etc.
The drone platform integrates next-generation super materials which include Graphene and Carbon Fiber. The prototyping and design platform also utilizes 3D printing systems to expedite concept design.
The Condor has a rotor diameter of approximately 20 feet and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. It is equipped with proprietary FLYTE management system which is the same platform used in all of DDC’s cargo delivery drones.
The patented FLYTE system is airframe agnostic, meaning it can easily be integrated onto future DDC or 3rd party drones and rotary or fixed-wing manned aircraft.
The multi-package payload compartment is designed to carry approximately 20 cubic feet of cargo.