Drone Zipline’s private drones were allowed to deliver drugs to hospitals. Engineers hope that in the future they will be able to do this more often, and in several states at once.
Drone Zipline has received permission to deliver medications and personal protective equipment to North Carolina hospitals. They were provided with two specific delivery routes. Zipline continues to negotiate with the Federal Aviation Administration to expand the number of hospitals and deliver drugs to people’s homes.
UAVs will be launched from a nearby one-stop center, and medicine boxes will be lowered into designated areas by parachute. UAVs can carry up to 1.8 kg of cargo at speeds up to 130 km / h even in the rain or wind.
“The pandemic requires us to be more responsive and innovative in tackling challenging tasks,” said Angela Jochem, chief digital officer at Drone Zipline. “We need to come up with ways to transport medical supplies.” This is just one example of how we can use technology in a new way. In the healthcare industry that resists change, it is especially difficult”.
Robot expert Noel Sharkey believes a pandemic could lead to more frequent deliveries using unmanned aerial vehicles. Zipline, however, said it needed US government support to expand its operations.