Airports and drones do not mix – usually. In Canada, it may just be the start of a wonderful partnership. Drone delivery is gaining momentum, now what’s next?
The idea of getting your package hours – if not minutes – after ordering it online is incredible. Not only will your impulse purchases satisfy you sooner, you also do not have to do the wait by your door for weeks on end. In Canada, drone deliveries may come sooner than you think.
An Unlikely Partnership
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) is partnering up with Edmonton International Airport to create a world’s first. This drone delivery hub will be at the center of this drone revolution, acting as both source and destination for potentially thousands of drones.
How will it work with Edmonton Airport, you ask? Well, they plan to cooperate and split the airspace around the International Airport to accommodate both drone and aircraft. This way, each will not be in the way of the other. In theory, this can prevent any incidents of drones and aircrafts stealing each other’s pathway and endangering passengers aboard. For drones, an added takeoff and landing area will be added at the airport.
With airports having wide spaces, they are an ideal place to create these drone delivery hubs. With the skies clear, no buildings blocking the path, and a destination for various deliveries, it is a perfect location.
Delivery and Design
Delivery drones are improving with every new design. While it still has limitations on package weight and range, these factors lengthen with each upgrade. Still, you cannot expect a big order to fly at your door right now, but for smaller objects, it is no problem. Nearby communities and cities within range would also benefit from faster delivery times via drones.
What do you think? Will this trend catch on? And will this be a smooth transition, with drones and planes sharing the same airspace?