A six-month pilot drone medical delivery system is under way in the United Kingdom - funded by Innovate UK.
The Midlands-based consortium is led by Skyfarer and includes O2, Cranfield University, Altitude Angel and Phoenix Wing. The goal is to transport "supplies of Covid-19, pathology samples and blood transfusions" through a connected national drone network.
The consortium claims that this experimental drone delivery system will develop smarter, faster, safer and greener supply chains: transport accounts for 34% of clean CO2 emissions in the United Kingdom and heavy goods vehicles account for 17% of domestic transport emissions.
A similar test was carried out by Deutsche Telekom, in collaboration with the university city of Siegen, last summer, and another for purposes that could include medical supplies and emergency services from Vodafone and Ericsson, also in Germany last year.
The UK project has been licensed for Advanced Vision Operations (EVLOS) with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAS) by the Civil Aviation Authority, so the consortium can demonstrate short-haul flights as part of the project.
They will test the drone's capabilities in logistics: technological tests will take place after Easter and delivery tests in the summer.
The project is funded by Innovate UK, part of it UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and aims to pave the way for the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) power to revolutionize healthcare delivery and develop smarter, safer, greener chains that have no impact on congestion and do not increase fossil fuel emissions.
About 2,5 million units of blood are processed and distributed in the UK each year. According to the statement: “The consortium's drone delivery system promises faster times for autonomous deliveries, which can be processed at any time and therefore provide a more reliable delivery service to meet the supply and treatment needs of hospitals and medical facilities. centers across the country. ”
Source of information: mobileeurope.co.uk