Trial run for delivering vaccines by drones kicks off in Telangana

The first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone trial run of ‘Medicine from the Sky‘ project kicked off on Saturday in the Vikarabad district of Telangana. The drone successfully delivered a payload comprising vaccines.

The vaccine was delivered from Police Parade Ground to a primary health centre (PHC) around three kilometres away in Vikarabad. The aim was to discover how life-saving medical items such as blood, vaccines and medicines can be delivered more rapidly compared to by road.

The payload weighing 1.5 kg was delivered within seven minutes.

“Kicking off the drone revolution with an ambitious & important project with Telangana IT Minister KT Ramarao. ‘Medicine From the Sky’ is a first of its kind project aimed at transporting vaccines & essentials to remote areas using drones,” Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted.

“The drones flew in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) mode. The flights, equipped with consignments of vaccine flew at an altitude of 400 metres above ground level and covered a distance of 3 kms. This is first of its kind live demonstration that has happened in India and we are going to continue doing BVLOS flights up to 9 kms in the coming day,”Swapnik Jakkampudi, cofounder of Skye Air Mobility said.

Skye Air conducted the trial under Blue Dart Med Express Consortium. The trial was done using a state of the art temperature controlled box maintaining 2-8 degrees Celsius. Further, live payload health tracking was enabled to ensure safety and secure package delivery.

Delhi-based drone delivery tech firm Skye Air Mobility tied up with Blue Dart for these trials. While the trial were for the delivery for vaccines, it is eventually planned to expand it to medicines and blood, among other things.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here