UK’s First Medical Drone Distribution Network Starts in Scotland

Dimitry Vleugel
Dimitry Vleugel

Scotland will have the scoop of the first National Distribution network of drones delivering essential medicines. One of the participating companies is Dronamics,this company is a middle-mile Cargo Drone developer and Operator. This medical drone delivery will be the first in the UK.

The Caelus project

The Caelus project us is a group of partners working together to revolutionize the way in which healthcare services are delivered in Scotland.The consortium is led bij AGS Airports as the are in charge of developing and testing the first nationale network of delivering essential medicines, blood, organs and other medicals supplies. The previously mentioned goods will be delivered by drone, as this is a fast, secure and efficient way of transport.

Using Drones for delivery of medicines will be revolutionary as it will ensure that critical medical supplies can be delivered more efficiently. It will reduce waiting times for test results and provide equity of care between urban and remote rural communities in Scotland

DRONAMICS joins Caelus

Drone company DRONAMICSs has joined this project.The company will deploy its Black Swan Cargo Drone to deliver the medicines. The Black Swan can carry up to 350 kgs and has a range of 2500 km. The first flight trials need to be completed by 2024.

DRONAMICS is the first cargo airline to obtain an EU Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC). The LUC is the highest authorisation currently achievable for European drone operations. The license is the first one issued in Europe for cargo drone operations.

If you want to hear more about DRONAMICS, the Black Swan, and the ambitions of this company, listen to this episode of the Does Logistics Matter? Podcast.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How a fixed-wing drone became the most fuel-efficient aircraft ever
  • The benefits of a fixed-wing drone for carrying cargo
  • How these long-range drones can enable same-day delivery even for remote areas, landing or taking off from empty parking lots or grass landing strips

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