Zipline Is Making Drones To Deliver Medical Essentials To Remote Locations In Rwanda
Essential medical products like blood and vaccines can be the difference between life and death for people, this is why Zipline International is focused on making programmable drones.
In a blog post about the drones, we learn that Keenan Wryobek, the founder of Zipline, had gotten the idea of medical delivery using drones when he visited Tanzania. A researcher had shown Wryobek ‘thousands of cases’ where Tanzanian doctors in remote locations could not get medical essentials.
Wryobek said about the importance of his work; “A doctor can save the life of a mother who is bleeding after childbirth with a unit of blood relatively easily. But if you don’t have that unit of blood, it’s deadly.”
Since 2016, Zipline International has developed, produced and launched reliable drones in Rwanda. These drones have become a trusted medical-supply delivery system.
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They travel at more than 100 kilometers per hour, have a range of 80 km service radius, and can carry 1.75 kilos of cargo. The medical products land with the use of a parachute at the destination.
The company claims to have made 7,000 deliveries of more than 13,000 units of blood. Zipline designs the drones using computer-aided design (CAD) and Siemens’ NX software.
This is important because Zipline is based in Silicon Valley in San Francisco. Its weather conditions and climate is very different from Rwanda’s, where it deploys these drones.
Thus, using NX software Zipline runs virtual simulation tests before building these drones. For example, it can simulate high-temperature climates to see how the drones’ battery will fare during flights in such conditions.
Also, the company can design drones faster as it generates needed simulations and manufacturing solutions. It also perfectly blends the different disciplines of engineering needed to build these drones.
Thus, it speeds up the manufacturing process and the drones can take off in time to deliver the essential medical products.
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