Drone Delivery Canada to expand testing programme to the US
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced it is expanding commercial testing programme to the US.
The tests will start in the first quarter of this year at the New York Griffiss International Airport UAS Test Site, which is located in Rome, New York.
DDC will be using its Sparrow X1000 drone which achieved Compliant UAV Status with Transport Canada last month (December 2017). The company will be using its own proprietary FLYTE management software that is designed to support semi-autonomous flight as well as BVLOS (beyond visual line of site) flights designed for commercial drone deliveries.
In a statement issued on Monday Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of DDC, commented: “We have very strong interest from multiple commercial customers in the USA that not only want to test our drone delivery platform in Canada, but also in their own Country as well.
“This pilot program will act as an extension of our primary Canadian initiatives and will expand our data collection ability.
“The FAA approved Rome, N.Y. site was made available to us by the progressive initiatives of the FAA and provides an ideal testing environment to achieve our customers’ requests.”