By James Elton-Pym
Australia’s civil aviation regulator says a similar program would need permission to stretch the current rules but could get off the ground soon.
A drone company that inked a landmark deal with the government of Rwanda to deliver blood and medical supplies to the country’s regional hospitals is actively considering similar projects in the United States and Australia.
Zipline International claims its long-range drones have carried out 3,500 emergency deliveries over 18 months in Rwanda.
Blood deliveries that previously took three to five hours in a cooler bag can now be achieved in 15 to 30 minutes on average, the company claims.
Zipline’s head of global operations, Dan Czerwonka, says hospitals have gradually come to trust the deliveries and are no longer stockpiling blood, driving wastage through expiry down to “almost zero”.
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