Transport Canada granted permission to the company Drone Delivery Canada to start testing drone deliveries in the Northern Canadian Communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee, Ontario. Toronto based Drone Delivery Canada made its first successful flights earlier this month in a partnership with Moose Cree First Nation. The partnership aims to establish a drone delivery service that would bring food, medical supplies and other necessities to the island of Moose Factory in the Moose River.
Drone deliveries break the isolation
Twice a year, during the spring and the fall, the island is isolated from the rest of the world when the ice is not thick enough to drive on but the waters are too icy to cross by boat. Drone Delivery Canada’s drone is able to carry loads of up to 10 pounds over distances of 6 miles.
Tony Di Benedetto, the CEO of Drone Delivery Canada, said the drone technology will impact the similar isolated communities in a positive way.
“It’s really about trying to service communities that lack infrastructure, where basic goods are very difficult to obtain, and when you can obtain them it is very, very expensive,” he said.
Drone deliveries tested in real-world conditions
Drone Delivery Canada’s CEO Di Benedetto said the company was looking to test their drone in a real-world environment.
“Climate was a big aspect that we were looking to understand, and we were faced with different extremes during our testing. When we look at this technology and how it will move forward, we have to be able to demonstrate how this technology safely operates in an existing sky,” he said.
Drone Delivery Canada is planning to continue testing in Moosonee and is working with regulators, including Transport Canada, to get the delivery service up and running.
Drone deliveries can be a more effective and economical way to deliver products to remote locations, such as the communities of Moose Factory and Moosonee in Ontario. Is it good to see that Transport Canada granted permission to Drone Delivery Canada to start testing these new services in the real world.