Last month, medical staff delivered COVID-19 vaccines to remote villages in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and in some cases, pictures of walking in rugged terrain for hours came on social media. It is hoped that this kind of heavy treks will soon disappear when the experiment begins to use drones to transport vaccines and other medical supplies. Some drones have recently appeared in the news of the attack on the Jammu Air Force Base and have been used in some countries to deliver medicines and vaccines.
For example, in Rwanda and Ghana, an American drone company has revolutionized the delivery of blood and vaccines in the past five years. They are also used in the United States. Many private startups are now collaborating with the government for testing. Unmanned aerial vehicles of various sizes and mechanisms can be used to transport medical supplies over long distances. It is said that they may not be profitable at the moment, and although their work is still in progress, it will definitely save you time.
One of the selected alliances is led by Bangalore-based drone company Throttle Aerospace Systems, which has partnered with technology company Honeywell and Switzerland-based Involi, the latter being UTM or unmanned traffic management of the Air Traffic Control Alliance. Tests are being conducted in Gauribidanur in the Chikkaballapur region of Karnataka.
Throttle performed a test in the designated airspace of an Indian airport. More than 20 modeling sectors or delivery locations were created in this 20-22 km long area. When the software generates a delivery order for a specific sector, Throttle’s ground crew prepares the payload and connects it to the drone. It’s like loading the correct information and algorithms into artificial intelligence software.
In the future real world, the demand for drones may come from individual consumers or hospitals, Kandasamy said. Interestingly, in one of the early tests, the Throttle drone not only encountered it, but also greatly exceeded the time required for the ambulance to deliver the package within a distance of about 4 kilometers.
Currently, BVLOS and VLOS regulations only allow certain types of drones. Dr. Munuswamy believes that India should go beyond current regulations, large payloads, trucks and four-wheelers will be unnecessary. “There have been many ups and downs in this area, but now the pace of progress has improved and the recommendations are better,” he said.