Rwanda Sets Up World’s First Commercial Drone-Delivery Network

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The high cost of building and running hospitals in Rwanda has resulted in the country becoming the first to establish a commercial network of drone-delivery in the world.

Medical personnel in far-flung areas of Rwanda will from June 2016 be able to order blood and medicine in case of emergencies via text message in far-flung areas of the East African country.

Zipline, the company behind the project, will fly drones to clinics using GPS coordinates to drop small packages by parachute.

Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of Zipline told Al Jazeera, “I think that one of the best ways we can work together with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help this technology take off in the US is by operating in a country where we can basically serve a very clear need and get tens of thousands of hours of hours of safe flight data”.

Rwanda, one of the world’s poorest countries, struggles to provide quality healthcare to its scattered population.

The aircraft will be capable of making up to 150 deliveries to 21 facilities across Rwanda.


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