In a previous article, we talked about Canada’s plan for a drone delivery system. It seemed too good to be true; drone delivery at a large scale can be quite complex to facilitate, and it is also expensive. Price, while not the sole issue, is still a heavy factor, as the plan involves drones dropping packages off one at a time. For that to become the standard, the numbers have to be enough to supply the demand.
Sparrow and Raven:
Another factor to consider is that the project is still at its infancy stages. The drones they plan to use, the Sparrow Drone and its larger cousin the Raven Drone, are still in testing phases. Sparrow drones can carry up to 5 kilograms of weight in its chambers. The bigger Raven Drone can carry up to double that of the Sparrow’s with no problems whatsoever.
In our previous article we mentioned that these two drones going up to 2 kilometers from their starting location.
Today we show to you their progress.
Yes, Drone Delivery Canada, the mastermind behind this plan, revealed drone footage for the world to see. Last March 5, the DDC successfully launched test flights and here are the results. The testing, however, did not occur Canada, but an airport in the small city of Rome, New York.
The drones launched at Griffiss International Airport, a test site for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees the airport. Its goal is to gather data for testing aircrafts which are still in developmental phases.
The testing was a complete success. A hundred percent success rate in terms of launch, delivery, and return, really opened eyes in the side of the United States. An incredibly grand announcement from the company, gaining the drone system a lot of credibility. American companies wanting to dip their feet into the pool of drone delivery are watching the delivery system closely. This may lead to partnerships and usage of the DDC’s delivery system in the near future. Once the testing completes, we may see more drones in our windows in the near future.