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Golf1echo 04-16-2019 20:47

Drone Medical Delivery
 
Interesting application... seems like an AWG solution. Zipline looks practical for the application they are using it for.
https://www.geekwire.com/2017/ziplin...es-foundation/

JJ_BPK 04-17-2019 05:29

The delivery volume numbers are staggering.
The drone launch & recovers infrastructure alone will be a monster.

Prayers out, I wish them luck.


Quote:

Today Tanzanian health officials announced that they’ll launch what may well rank as the world’s largest drone delivery service in the first quarter of 2018.

When the system is up and running, fixed-wing drones will make up to 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities that serve 10 million people, according to a news release issued by California-based Zipline.

“We strive to ensure that all 5,640 public health facilities have all the essential medicines, medical supplies and laboratory reagents they need, wherever they are – even in the most hard-to-reach areas,” Laurean Bwanakunu, director general of Tanzania’s Medical Stores Department, said in the release.

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Four distribution centers will be established in Tanzania, starting in Dodoma, the East African nation’s capital, Zipline said. Each center will be equipped with up to 30 drones, with the capacity to make 500 on-demand delivery flights per day.

The drones can carry up to 3.3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) of medical supplies at cruise speeds of nearly 70 mph, with a round-trip range of 100 miles. Health workers can place an order by text message and receive their package within 30 minutes, on average.

The drones typically descend close to the ground near the targeted health center and air-drop their cargo at the end of a parachute.

Golf1echo 04-17-2019 07:58

The flight times ( minutes) vs ground transport ( hours if roads are even passable) especially during the rainy season caught my attention as well as the simplicity of the drones, looks like they could loose a few and not take a big hit to the program.


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