There are over 2.5 million movements of medical supplies, samples and other items between hospitals and medical centres annually in the UK, with the majority of movements being undertaken by commissioned couriers on the country’s road network.
India’s first official beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) medical drone delivery experiment is scheduled to begin this week in Gauribidanur, some 80km from Bengaluru.
Having now secured all clearances, the firm will carry out the first set of trials for 30-45 days, beginning June 18.
Drones have had limited use in India until now, as the country currently only permits flights within visual line of sight or 450 metres from the operator. But this will change soon, with a number of companies set to begin testing long-distance drones deliveries from this week.
How Drone delivery trials set to take off:
The first experimental long-range drone flights in India are due to take off later this month. If successful, they could pave the way for drone-based delivery of everything from medicines and vaccines to electronics and food.
These drones can fly for up to 20 km at a stretch and mark a first for India, which currently permits only drone flights within visual line of sight, or 450 metres from the operator.
Driving the news for Drone delivery mission:
Later this week, a group of companies led by global drone services provider ANRA Technologies will pilot medicine delivery with IIT Ropar and experiment with food delivery with Swiggy in Jawra, Rajasthan.
The drones being sought by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will need to travel up to 35 kilometres and fly at an altitude of at least 100 metres, it said.