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Telangana becomes first state to conduct drone trials for delivery, will supply vaccine with drones

Telangana has become the first state in the country to start a trial run to deliver the vaccine by drones to health centers in remote areas. Under the state government’s ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project, a two-day trial of the drone began in Vikarabad city on Thursday.

Vikarabad District Collector K. Nikhila had formally inaugurated the trial run at the Parade Ground. Boxes weighing 2-3 kg used to fly up to a height of 400 feet from the Vikarabad district hospital to the primary health centers 500 meters away. He said, “This is the first time in India that a trial run is being conducted to deliver vaccines or medicines to remote areas using drone technology.” The three-phase trial will have six flights a day, each The drone will carry 175 vaccines in temperature controlled boxes.

The project was formally launched on September 11 by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Telangana Industries and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao will be launched. ‘Medicine from the Sky’ is an initiative of Telangana Government led by Emerging Technologies Wing of ITE&C Department in partnership with World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog and Healthnet Global (Apollo Hospitals). The project includes experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights for delivery of vaccines using the identified airspace in Vikarabad district.

The project has got the final regulatory approval from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Three out of the eight selected consortiums, namely Bluedart Made Express Consortium (Sky Air), Hepicopter Consortium (Marut Drones) and Curisfly Consortium (TechEagle Innovation) have already reached Vikarabad and started testing their drones through VLOS and BVLOS flights. Have given.
First such project in India

Officials said that with the launch, the consortia will continue to test the endurance of its drones over long ranges and carrying heavy payloads to establish reliability. This project is the first such project in India as it is the first organized BVLOS drone test in the country and is being conducted in healthcare as a domain.

Indian drone delivery start-up firm Sky Air Mobility, which is a part of the consortium for the project, will operate most of the drone flights. Sky Air has joined hands with Blue Dart Express to provide drone-based deliveries and drone flights to conduct these tests.

Drones will fly on the first two days of the test of the MFTS project, which includes drones flying between 500 and 700 meters from the base. From September 11, BVLOS drone flights will take place for a range of 9-10 km. These flights will be accompanied by consignments of vaccines, medical samples and other health related items.

Swapnik Jakkampundi, Co-Founder, Sky Air Mobility, said, “We are extremely happy to be a part of this project with the Government of Telangana and our collaboration with leading firms is the first live demonstration test that can be done in real time with real vaccines and drugs. Used to be.”

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