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UK Space Agency backs medical drone delivery project


Updated: October 17, 2020 07:20 AM
Created: October 17, 2020 07:17 AM

LONDON (AP) - A medical drone delivery service founded by trainee doctors that aims to transport coronavirus samples, test kits and protective equipment between hospitals has won the backing of Britain's Space Agency.

The start-up project can help free up healthcare staff, avoid courier waiting times and minimize the risk of virus transmission, authorities said Saturday.

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Trainee doctors Hammad Jeilani and Christopher Law are trialing "dronepad" infrastructure so the miniature aircraft can take off from and land on hospitals, laboratories and warehouses. They are planning to scale up the trials and set up a nationwide network of secure air corridors to enable the drone delivery service to work safely across National Health Service sites.

The hybrid drones - which have the rotors of a typical drone and the wings of a plane - can carry a maximum of 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) and fly about 60 miles (96 kilometers.)

The drone project is among others set to share 1.3 million pounds ($1.7 million) of funding from the U.K. Space Agency and the European Space Agency to businesses developing space-based solutions for challenges created by Covid-19.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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