Trial run of delivering vaccines by drones begins in Telangana, India
The Telangana government holds a trial run of delivering medicines and vaccines using drones. It is a part of state government’s ambitious ‘Medicine From The Sky’ project.
In a statement, the K Chandrashekhar Rao government said that the trial flights will be conducted from September 9 to October 10 at Vikarabad (Hyderabad).
On the first two days, the drones will be flying in the visual line of sight – between 500 and 700 metres from the base – and people present in the area will be able to see them with the naked eye, the government said in the statement.
From September 11 onwards, drone flights will take place Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) – for 9-10 km distances. These flights will be with consignments of vaccines, medical samples and other healthcare items, the statement further said.
BVLOS drone flights are those that go beyond 500-700 metres from the eye’s vision or beyond the visual line of sight.
This will make Telangana the first state in the country to start trials of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights for delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, the state government said.