Drugs via Drone Delivery – A Viable Solution?
Drones are constantly in the news with the likes of Amazon, Wal-Mart, Facebook, Google and more testing them as delivery options. Imagine receiving a book you ordered via Amazon’s drone delivery service or perhaps a hard to find part for your classic car by way of Facebook’s drone delivery service. Depending on one’s location and need as well as lobbying efforts such as Amazon’s rumored spend to educate US government officials on a range of topics including this mode of travel; the future for drone deliveries is a reality.
In Africa, medical deliveries by drone are already underway. US-based startup Matternet has partnered with the government of Malawi and with UNICEF to deliver infant H.I.V. tests within the country and in Rwanda, another start-up, Zipline, is delivering blood and pharmaceuticals to remote locations in hours rather than weeks or months. According to Zipline, its system’s speed makes it possible to maintain a “cold chain” and when it reaches hospitals, they will not land but will drop small packages from very low altitudes. The supplies will fall suspended by simple paper parachutes. The drones will then return to a home base, where they will be prepared for a new mission by swapping in a new battery and snapping in a new flight plan stored in a SIM card.
Source: Cold Chain IQ