In the United Kingdom, fixed-wing drones are used to deliver coronavirus kit between hospitals in Essex. The drones will carry blood tests and personal protective equipment.
Fixed-wing drones used to deliver coronavirus kit between UK hospitals
The UK Space Agency backs the trials with a £1.3m ($1,537m) grant. The goal is to establish a network of air corridors for electric drones to navigate using GPS.
The fixed-wing drones will fly between Essex’s Broomfield hospital, Basildon hospital, and the Pathology First laboratory in Basildon. the unmanned aircraft will be piloted by an ex-military fast jet or helicopter instructor reports The Guardian.
Christopher Law and Hammad Jeilani came up with the idea and started the healthcare drone company.
“Covid-19 has highlighted challenges in NHS supply chain logistics,” said Law. “We are confident that by setting up a medical drone delivery service, we’ll be able to fly samples to labs more regularly, reliably and quickly, helping improve patient health outcomes.”
The team hopes to realize reduced waiting time for couriers, freeing up NHS staff, a reduction in unnecessary physical contact, and to reduce the risk of secondary transmission of the coronavirus.
The fixed-wing drones will fly at an altitude of 300 feet and are able to withstand harsh weather conditions.
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