Throttle Aerospace Systems, udaan complete trial-run for drone delivery of medicines


The Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) trial-run for drone delivery of medicines was successfully completed in Bengaluru on Friday. The pilot was led by Throttle Aerospace Systems (TAS) and B2B e-commerce firm udaan under the supervision of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The trial was conducted within a 15-km radius at Gauribidanur in the outskirts of Bengaluru by udaan for the last mile delivery of medicines.

During the pilot, two variants of drones were successfully tested – Medcopter X4 and Medcopter X8 – with simulated deliveries to udaan customers. As a use case, Pharma Deliveries of up to 2kg payload were tested at various distances in the designated area varying from 2 – 7 km aerial distance. The pilot deliveries saw an average of 3.5 km distance being covered in 5-7 minutes. Two different modes of deliveries were also tested – tethered lowering of shipment and landing of copter with shipment.

The success of the pilot run opens up the possibility of using beyond line-of-sight drones for last mile delivery of shipments in minimum time, to areas with improper road connectivity as well as faster deliveries in dense urban settings. Once commercialised, in addition to regular deliveries in remote areas, the technology can also be used to supply lifesaving drugs and medicines at the time of natural disaster, pandemic, and calamities to the remotest corners of the country without facing any infrastructure or logistical challenges.

Soumyadeep Mukherjee – Product Engineer, udaan said in a statement, “The efforts by the authorities to integrate drones in the supply-chain ecosystem is a major step towards creating a framework for an efficient last mile delivery. The success of today’s trial run opens a massive opportunity to revolutionize customer experience in distribution and logistics space. It is aligned with our vision to build tech-enabled solutions to empower small businesses such as kiranas, shop owners, chemists, and MSMEs that are based in the remote corners of Bharat.”


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