Zipline has started with drone delivery of covid-19 tests in Ghana. Separately but related, Zipline has been working with the US FAA to launch of U.S. operations for drone delivery including the ability to distribute test kits and PPE’s via drone.
As we have written before about Zipline, they are currently used in countries where transportation is sometimes challenged for a variety of reasons. Zipline is used as a replacement for traditional ground based vehicles that they describe on their website as prone to “break down, get stuck in traffic jams that prevent urgent response, and put human drivers at risk behind the wheel, particularly when the route is rough and treacherous. Zipline’s drones are battery powered and fly quickly and directly to their destinations“.
Drone delivery of covid-19 tests in Ghana will continue with the forecasts for the infection rates for the continent of Africa estimating increased spread of the pandemic covid-19.
“Zipline is dedicated to helping Ghana in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” said CEO Keller Rinaudo. “Using contactless drone delivery to transport Covid-19 test samples will allow the government to respond to the pandemic and help save lives more quickly.”
Zipline is a drone delivery service that focuses on critical healthcare applications often times over mountainous terrain or more currently as in the current case in Ghana where Zipline has started with drone delivery of covid-19 tests in Ghana but to two of the major cities.
Zipline has a series of distribution center where they have the capacity to make hundreds of deliveries per day anywhere across an 8,000 square mile area. Where deliveries are timely as would be the case with the drone delivery of covid-19 tests allows health systems to target the distribution of more than large quantities of critical and lifesaving health products, on a daily basis. Payloads can be rather large or could be as small.