Skyports in a UK-first is conducting hospital-to-hospital medical drone deliveries to assist the NHS in the battle against COVID-19. Over the course of the project, Skyports is flying essential medical cargo 17kms Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) between two hospitals in the Scottish Highlands. The project is a joint partnership between Skyports, the Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership and Thales SOARIZON – to prove the feasibility of delivering urgent medical cargo, such as COVID-19 test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), between remote medical facilities.
The two-week trial represents a crucial milestone for unmanned aviation in the UK. Under current rules, drones must always be flown within visual line of sight of the remote pilot. To undertake these flights Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), the Skyports team has been working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the National Health Service (NHS). This is the first phase of a long term project to integrate delivery drones into NHS supply chains, ensuring that rural communities have fast and frequent access to healthcare logistics.
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