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Scotland develops medical delivery drone network

AGS Airports-led consortium to develop UK's first medical delivery drone network | Airport Business

The University of Strathclyde Scotland is exploring opportunities for drones to deliver medical products across Scotland. The project is called CAELUS, and real-time flight tests are planned for the second half of the year.


This 18-month long-term trial is led by a consortium of 14 academic and industry partners, led by the owners of AGS Airport, Aberdeen Airport, Glasgow Airport and Southampton Airport, with the aim of "completely changing Mode of delivery of medical services".

The report stated that the project was developed from Strathclyde. Researchers at Strathclyde University are committed to creating a “digital blueprint for the drone transportation network, which will provide hospitals, pathology The potential to connect laboratories, distribution centers, and general practitioner surgery." A key aspect of the project is to ensure that drones can safely share airspace with civil aviation while considering public safety, security, and noise levels.

Strathclyde will also lead the development of a distributed charging network for drones. The plan is to establish about 20 hubs in airports and medical facilities (such as hospitals and laboratories) covering the entire Scotland, and dozens of drones may be seen between them.

Professor Massimiliano Vasile, Director of the Center for Excellence in Aerospace at the University of Strathclyde, said: "Our contribution will be built on the work we have done so far in the design and optimization of reliable systems that can effectively resist destruction. Will be very important for any service related to the provision of medical services."

The principal investigators of Strathclyde are Dr. Marco Fossati, Dr. Marco Fossati, associate professor of computational aerodynamics at the Center for Excellence in Aerospace, and head of the Future Aerospace Transportation Laboratory.

He commented: "Strathclyde played an important role in the project. Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Business School, Management Science, Computer Science, Civil Engineering and Hunter Entrepreneurship Center provided interdisciplinary input. He continued. : "There are several obstacles to overcome. They include collision avoidance technology for fully automatic drones to fly over the visible range; specific temperatures and conditions for key payloads (such as donor organs) that meet the requirements of CAA regulations; especially in terms of visual confusion, noise emissions and safety, This is recognized by society. "

Therefore, the CAELUS project aims to demonstrate a system that not only involves point-to-point delivery of designated air corridors, but also involves networks that can operate in unrestricted airspace. Dr. Fossati pointed out: “The world of drone systems looks at drones flying up to 400 feet, but according to our design, we want to keep this limit as a soft limit for drones that can fly higher. I hope to study drones that can fly at a speed of 200 km/h or higher to achieve the best performance."


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