Drone Delivery Canada Corp. has been named as a 1st place winner in the Innovation Category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). DDC was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants for their work in uncrewed systems technology. Winners were publicly congratulated during the Technology Innovation XCELLENCE awards ceremony during AUVSI XPONENTIAL on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
“During AUVSI’s 50th anniversary year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of the uncrewed systems industry within the last half-century, reflecting on lessons learned, and looking ahead to our vision for the future,” said Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI. “The 2022 XCELLENCE award winners represent some of the leading innovations and organizations that will help us reach our shared vision of assured autonomy.”
The award acknowledges DDC’s innovative project of integrating cargo drones into the controlled airspace at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). This project is the first of its kind, setting up a drone link between EIA and the industrial park in Leduc County, Alberta, as a first step towards creating a sophisticated drone logistics network aimed at connecting multiple airports across the country.
“Congratulations DDC! We’re proud of our partnership as the first airport in North America to stage drone-based cargo delivery trials from restricted airspace,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Government Relations, EIA. “Our Airport City Sustainability Campus is a living lab designed to support this kind of innovation and the future of aviation. We are leaders in integrating drone usage at an airport and we know there is tremendous potential still to come.”
The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading, and promoting safe adoption of uncrewed systems and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition.
“Drone Delivery Canada is honored to win the AUSVI XCELLENCE award for Innovation,” said Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “We are grateful to our partners Edmonton International Airport, NAV Canada, Apple Express Courier, Ziing Final Mile and Air Canada Cargo for making this achievement possible.”
As the uncrewed systems industry’s largest trade show and conference, XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between.