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10th May, 2016

Special delivery: Zipline, UPS partner to carry medical supplies by drone in Rwanda

By Laura Hautala

The service, paid for by the Rwandan government, will serve as a testing ground for drone delivery.

This drone is cute. Two red wings sprout from its short, lightweight body. It’s little and sort of tubby, seeming to exclaim, “I’m an airplane too!”

But its mission will be vital. The drones, manufactured by Zipline, will deliver blood and, later, rabies vaccines to remote Rwandan health clinics. A small paperboard box filled with the life-saving medical supplies fits into the belly of the drone, along with a parachute. Flying long distances over frequently washed-out roads, the drones will get help to those in need faster [...]

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