The Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) trial for drug delivery by drone 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 test was conducted in a 15 km radius at Gauribidanur, on the outskirts of Bengaluru, by UDAN for last mile drug delivery.
During the pilot, two drone variants were successfully tested – Medcopter X4 and Medcopter X8 – with simulated deliveries to UDAN customers. Pharmaceutical deliveries of up to 2 kg payload were tested at various distances in the designated area, ranging from 2 to 7 kilometers in air distance. The pilot’s deliveries saw an average distance of 3.5 kilometers being covered in 5-7 minutes. Two different modes of delivery were also tested – tethered lowering from loading and unloading the helicopter with shipment.
The success of the pilot race opens up the possibility of using drones beyond line of sight to deliver last-mile shipments in minimal time to areas with inadequate road connectivity, as well as faster deliveries in dense urban environments. Once commercialized, in addition to regular deliveries to remote areas, the technology can also be used to deliver life-saving medicines and medicines at the time of natural disasters, pandemics and calamities to the most remote corners of the country without facing any infrastructure or logistical challenges. .
The test conducted by TAS and UDAN is a testament to their commitment to building a world-class supply chain to ensure essential medicines and products can easily reach every corner of India.
“Authorities’ efforts to integrate drones into the supply chain ecosystem is an important step in creating a framework for efficient last-mile delivery. It’s aligned with our vision of building technology-enabled solutions to empower small businesses such as kiranas, shop owners, chemists and MSMEs that are located in remote corners of Bharat,” said Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Product Engineer at UDAN .
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