No roads, no problem. [After successful testing of its drone delivery system to deliver medical supplies to remote areas in Africa] the San Francisco based startup, Zipline, is poised to deliver medical supplies to remote areas of the United States under a White House approved initiative.
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While it’s still pending FAA approval, flights for Zipline’s drones [FlyZipLine.com] are poised to demonstrate just how useful unmanned aircraft technology will be for the dissemination of critical care supplies. The initiative is set to reach areas such as Smith Island, Maryland and the Pyramid Lake Tribal Health Clinic in Nevada, where it will deliver items such as blood, medicine, and other medical products.
To test the deliveries, Zipline will be partnering with Ellumen Inc. and ASD Healthcare, a part of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC), as well as the non-profit organization, Bloodworks Northwest.
Backed by $19 million in venture capital investments from companies such as Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yan, Zipline has designed its own drone, and a launch and landing system for the project.
While testing will be conducted in the U.S., the company has focused on Africa as its primary market since its inception; in fact, the company has pioneered the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for logistics services focused on health. Nevertheless, Zipline believes that this kind of technology has a lot of applications in the U.S. and the rest of the world. [Visit Zipline’s website, FlyZipLine.com/product/ for details on their initial successful testing in Rwanda, Africa.]
Once Zipline begins testing this White House approved initiative [read White House Press Release entitled, “New Commitments to Accelerate the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems” here], it has the potential to shift the national framework for the commercial drone sector.