Australian drone-startup Swoop Aero has partnered with Skyports to create a UK-wide drone delivery service to transport urgent medical supplies and test kits to remote locations and help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
To fully benefit as a society from what drones can bring us, aviation regulators, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) need to get their acts together and create a single-point-of-truth to manage and operate the skies safely, for all aircraft, manned and unmanned.
The Saratoga Springs City Council approved a proposal from Big Rock Technologies, a finalist in the NATO Innovation COVID Challenge to make the city testing grounds for contactless delivery of COVID-19 test kits and medications by drone.
A group working to set up a Drone Emergency Medical Airbridge between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the United Kingdom to support the current medical supply chain of the National Health Service ( NHS) has received a share of £33 million ($43.5 million USD) in funding from the UK government to use drones to address major global challenges. As part of this project, drones will be used to deliver test kits for PPE and COVID-19.
Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is pleased to announce that both the Beausoleil First Nation project (“BFN”) and Georgina Island First Nation project (“GIFN”) are operational.
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.
Lucid Drone Technologies is ready to start cleaning and spraying disinfectants with drones to fight the ever-spreading coronavirus in North Carolina.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against the use of drones, fogging, fumigation, and electrostatic spraying to apply disinfectants to help fight COVID-19, unless the product’s label provides specific instruction in how to do so, according to a recent post on the agency’s website.
Drones have risen to the COVID-19 challenge as social distancing disrupted the delivery of supplies. During the coronavirus pandemic, unmanned aircraft have been used with varying degrees of success to disperse crowds, communicate social distancing messages, monitor people’s temperatures, spray public spaces with disinfectants and to deliver medical supplies. #dronesforgood