Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) trial run for drone drug delivery has been 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 conducted within a 15 km radius at Gauribidanur on the outskirts of Bengaluru by UDAN for the last mile delivery of medicines.
During the pilot, two variants of drones were successfully tested – Medcopter X4 and Medcopter X8 – with simulated deliveries to UDAN customers. Pharma Deliveries up to 2 kg payload were tested at various distances in the designated area ranging from 2-7 kilometers air distance. During the pilot deliveries, an average of 3.5 kilometers was covered in 5-7 minutes. Two different delivery modes were also tested: lowering the shipment and landing the helicopter with the shipment.
The success of the trial run opens up the possibility of using drones out of sight for last-mile delivery of shipments in minimal time, to areas with poor road connectivity and faster deliveries in dense urban environments. Once launched, in addition to regular deliveries in remote areas, the technology can also be used to deliver life-saving medicines and medicines during natural disasters, pandemics and calamities to the most remote corners of the country without any infrastructure or logistical challenges. .
The trial conducted by TAS and UDAN is a testament to their commitment to building a world-class supply chain to ensure that medicines and essential supplies can easily reach all corners of India.
“The authorities’ efforts to integrate drones into the supply chain ecosystem are an important step towards creating a framework for efficient last-mile delivery. The success of today’s test run opens a huge opportunity to revolutionize customer experience in the distribution and logistics space. It is in line with our vision to build tech-enabled solutions to support small businesses such as kiranas, shop owners, pharmacies and MSMEs located in the remote corners of Bharat”, says Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Product Engineer at UDAN. .
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