Vital Medical Deliveries by Drone Network
World 1st From German Drone Manufacturer Phoenix Wings
Project XCelerate in the UK
A network of drones, created by German drone manufacturer Phoenix Wings, will be launched in the UK to deliver blood and vital medical supplies starting in 2022. The purpose of the solely dedicated, medical supply logistics system is to accelerate by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the delivery of lifesaving medicines, including COVID vaccines. The system is a first of its kind in the UK and globally. The goal is to establish it as national infrastructure - green and zero emissions - to transport medical supplies like blood via drones. It's being called Project XCelerate.
Cutting Edge Technology
The Phoenix Wings drones are capable of long distance travel and of reaching remote locations. They are controlled by mobile devices and operate over the UK's 4G and 5G networks. Project XCelerate is being led by a consortium of companies and organizations, including Phoenix Wings, drone logistics operator Skyfarer, mobile network operator O2, aviation technology company Altitude Angel and Cranfield University. Technology trials and delivery trials start in the second half of 2021.
Blueprint For UAV Based Logistics Globally
The consortium believes their drone network is a blueprint for UAV based logistics around the world. Phoenix Wings says its drones have a payload capacity that can meet 97% of the UK's blood delivery requirements. 2.5 million units of blood are distributed in the UK every year. The drone network will make delivery and turnaround times much quicker and establish a new, zero emissions form of transport.
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