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Telangana’s ‘Medicine from the Sky’ project successfully completes trial run

Published: 28th Sep 2021 5:32 pm

Hyderabad: Three consortiums – Bluedart Med Express Consortium, Dunzo Med Air Consortium and Curis Fly Consortium successfully completed the one week trial run as part of Telangana State government’s ambitious ‘Medicine From the Sky’ project of delivering medicines using drones.

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Sharing details on Twitter, Emerging Technologies wing of the State government on Tuesday tweeted: “Three consortiums have successfully completed their one week trials each,”

The consortiums clocked the longest BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) distance of 10.4 km from the Community Health Centre in Vikarabad to Primary Health Centre in Pudur in 20 minutes. The drones carried a payload of four kgs containing five vials of vaccine.

All the trails were completed successfully, maintaining temperature between two and eight degree Celsius. The cold chain was thoroughly validated by the on ground team of Apollo Hospitals, Emerging Technologies tweeted.

Five more consortiums will participate in the trials, with two consortiums likely to conduct their trials in Vikarabad on Tuesday. The idea is to complete all the trials by next month, said an official from the department.

The State government under the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ is utilizing BVLOS flights in Vikarabad district with the Area Hospital as the take-off site and different PHCs and sub centres as landing sites.

Apart from engaging district administration for on-ground operations, the State government has also deployed Nodal Officers to extend support for the operations.

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