Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) will soon deploy their patented drone delivery solution at the Stellat’en First Nation as part of UBC’s ‘Remote Communities Drone Transportation Initiative’ (DTI) program.
The project will enable deliveries utilizing DDC’s Sparrow drone and its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure as required.
The solution will be used to transport a variety of cargo for the benefit of the Stellat’en First Nation and the Village of Fraser Lake, located in Central Northern British Columbia.
“Based on the isolated location of our community and the needs of our residents, drone transport may enhance our access to COVID-19 testing and medication without traveling and endangering other members of our community,” said Chief Robert Michell of the Stellat’en First Nation, located about 100 kilometres west of Prince George.
“The futuristic potential of this initiative is exciting. With drone technology, there is so much you can do.”
DDC is expected to commence deployment of site infrastructure this summer and expects to begin providing drone delivery services in the second half of 2021.
The Stellat’en First Nation deployment will be DDC’s fourth First Nations project and its first in British Columbia. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located in Vaughan, Ontario.
“Improved delivery times of essential supplies to remote locations can make all the difference in protecting the Stellat’en First Nation community and saving lives,” said Charles Brown, President and CEO of LifeLabs.
“We are proud to be participating in this project that will also help to advance our knowledge for the future use of drone technology to transport clinical materials and samples for lab testing.”