Saturday, 23 June 2018

Life saving drones deliver blood

Tanzim Taqrim

Drones are saving lives in Rwanda. The locals label them as ‘Sky Ambulances’. The unpiloted aircrafts convey hundreds of blood supplies daily. Due to Rwanda’s poor infrastructure ground deliveries can take hours but these do it in minutes. Flight operators load the supplies onto the drones then launch from a catapult to their destination. But the drones don’t land, instead, it drop off supplies by parachute then sustain back to the distribution centre. The operation is run by San Francisco startup Zipline. It began in October 2016. Since that time, drones have made over 1400 flights and delivered 2600 units of blood. These drones fly at speeds up to 62 miles per hour and reach destinations within 46-mile delivery radius. Currently, they are only serving 12 hospitals. In 2018, Zipline will test the drone program in Tanzania.

Source: AJ+  

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