A consortium of companies led by Bengaluru-based Throttle Aerospace Systems will conduct trials of Beyond Visual Line (BVLOS) medical drones from today.
Drone trials in india
India’s first medical drone delivery trial is about to begin from today at Gauribidanur, about 80 km from Bengaluru. The test, led by a consortium of firms led by Bengaluru-based Throttle Aerospace Systems, received approval from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for Object Delivery Experiments in early March 2020. However, due to the epidemic, there was a delay regarding the second permission from the agency. The firm will carry out the first set of trials for 30-45 days.
A consortium of companies led by Bengaluru-based Throttle Aerospace Systems will conduct trials of Beyond Visual Line (BVLOS) medical drones from today. The company will use two variants of the MedCOPTER drone – the smaller MedCOPTER drone can deliver a payload of up to 1 kg and has a range of 15 km while the other variant can carry 2 kg and travel up to 12 km.
This technology will work like this
These drones will be assisted by a delivery software called RANDINT. India is easing restrictions on drone flights to facilitate its operations over a wider area, making it possible for operators to use them for purposes such as delivery. In May, the government conditionally exempted 20 entities from UAS rules for operating Beyond Visual Line Sight (BVLOS) pilot flights of drones.
The government is already considering the use of drones for delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to remote and inaccessible areas to ensure last mile coverage. Following a study by the Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Kanpur, the Center has come up with a new plan to deliver COVID-19 vaccines by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in difficult terrains of the country.
HLL Infra Tech Services Limited has invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) on behalf of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for delivery of vaccines and drugs by UAVs on 11 June. The UAV has been requisitioned by ICMR which can travel up to 35 kms with supply and can fly at a height of at least 100 metres.
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