Drones to Deliver Vaccines and Medicines to Jammu, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The Center will launch a pilot project on the use of locally made drones for drug delivery in the hilly landscape of Jammu and surrounding areas from Saturday with a focus on vaccine delivery as a first step .

“It will be a pilot project for the region. The drone is fully developed and manufactured by our scientists,” Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh told media.

Singh said he would initiate the project in Jammu himself. The drone is being developed by scientists from the National Aerospace Laboratories of Bengaluru (NAL), a member of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an autonomous company headed by the Prime Minister.

For now, delivery would be limited to Covid vaccines and once successful it would be expanded to be used for regular drug delivery to remote and hilly areas.

Jammu and its surroundings are sensitive in terms of strategic importance. A few months ago there was an attack on an army facility using drones. Will “vaccine drones” be allowed in such a case?

Allaying the fears, a senior S&T ministry official said: “Drones would be deployed by authorized agencies such as hospitals, no one can use them, and no random person would be allowed to use them. “

NAL called the drone “Octacopter” and it can fly at an operational altitude of 500m AGL and a maximum flight speed of 36 km / h. It can be used for a variety of BVLOS applications for last mile delivery like drugs, vaccines, food, parcel post, human organs (such as heart for heart transplant), etc.

NAL Octacopter is integrated with a powerful on-board computer and latest generation sensors for versatile applications such as agricultural pesticide spraying, crop monitoring, mining prospecting, magnetic mapping, and more, S&T officials said.

Comments are closed.