Drones Will Deliver Medical Aid in Rwanda This Summer



/ 3 years ago

zipline

It’s pretty great to see drones being used for humanitarian aid, especially when this aid concerns developing nations such as Rwanda. A startup named Zipline has recently signed a contract with Rwanda’s government in order to facilitate a series of supply drops performed by a fleet of fixed-wing drones. It looks like the drops will be delivered to one of the country’s clinics, and the drones in question will have to follow a special flight path stored in a SIM card in order to reach their destination safely. Each drone can carry up to 3.5 pounds of medicine and blood, and they can perform between 50 and 150 deliveries a day at speeds of about 180 miles per hour.

If you think about it, using drones to deliver these crucial supplies makes sense for a country such as Rwanda, where unpaved roads or even the lack of roads makes conventional transportation difficult. As long as a drone is within 90 miles of the UAVs’ home base, the clinic needs only to send a text message and expect supplies to arrive in 30 minutes. Rwanda’s government has expressed a desire to expand the drone network in order to enhance the country’s overall economy. This year, Zipline plans to sign similar contracts with other developing countries.

Topics:

Support eTeknix.com

By supporting eTeknix, you help us grow. And continue to bring you the latest news, reviews, and competitions. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest technology. Share your favourite articles, chat with the team and more. Also check out eTeknix YouTube, where you'll find our latest video reviews, event coverage and features in 4K!
eTeknix FacebookeTeknix TwittereTeknix Instagram

Check out our Latest Video

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!


Optimized with PageSpeed Ninja