Dr Drone’s on the way, folks
We all have been fascinated by those small autonomous planes buzzing over heads. Drones are mostly used for spying and surveillance but they sure are of much more help. If all goes as planned, drones would deliver medicines in cases of emergency in Maharashtra soon.
The Devendra Fadnavis government has partnered with the US firm Zipline to use autonomous delivery drones to deliver emergency medicines and critical care across the state. The initiative will be supported through a grant system from Serum Institute of India (SII).
The new service is expected to begin operations in early 2020. The medicines would be dropped with the help of a small parachute. Zipline will establish a total of 10 distribution centres across Maharashtra in phases over the next several years. In the first phase of operations, two distribution centres would be located near Pune and Nandurbar.
Zipline drones are said to be capable of carrying 1.8 Kgs of cargo at a speed of 110 Km/hr, and have a round trip range of 160 Kms, even in high speed winds and rain. They are already delivering medicines and blood in Rwanda and Ghana.