Drone delivery of drugs successfully tested in Bengaluru

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The Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) test run for drug delivery by drones was successfully completed in Bengaluru on Friday.

The pilot was led by Throttle Aerospace Systems (TAS) and UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) under the supervision of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The trial was carried out within a 15 km radius in Gauribidanur on the outskirts of Bengaluru by UDAN for the delivery of medicines on the last mile.

During the pilot project, two drone variants were successfully tested – Medcopter X4 and Medcopter X8 – with simulated deliveries to UDAN customers. Pharmaceutical deliveries with a payload of up to 2 kg were tested at various distances in the designated area of ​​2-7 kilometers as the crow flies. The pilot deliveries covered an average of 3.5 kilometers in 5-7 minutes. Two different shipping methods were also tested – tied lowering of the shipment and landing of the helicopter with the shipment.

The success of the pilot run opens up the possibility of using drones with no line of sight to deliver shipments on the last mile in the shortest possible time to areas with inadequate road connections and for faster deliveries in densely populated cities. Once commercialized, in addition to regular deliveries to remote areas, the technology can also be used to deliver life-saving medicines and medicines in natural disasters, pandemics and disasters to the remotest corners of the country without having to face infrastructure or logistical challenges.

The study, conducted by TAS and UDAN, is evidence of their commitment to building a world-class supply chain to ensure medicines and staples can easily reach every corner of India.

“The efforts of the authorities to integrate drones into the supply chain ecosystem are an important step in creating the framework for efficient delivery on the last mile. The success of today’s test run opens up a tremendous opportunity to revolutionize the customer experience in sales.It is in line with our vision to develop technology-enabled solutions to empower small businesses like kiranas, shopkeepers, chemists and MSMEs that operate in the remote corners of Bharat resident, “said Soumyadeep Mukherjee, UDAN’s product engineer.

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