Vayu – Drones for medical delivery
Vayu drones are designed to solve the difficult but critical health logistical challenges using the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft technology
The Vayu drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle used to transport patient test samples and vaccines between remote hard-to-reach areas and nearby hospitals. It is designed by Vayu Inc. and is currently being tested in Madagascar (pilot stage).
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$30000 plus replacement cost of battery after 1000 cycles
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The drone is designed to carry a load of up to 2 kg and fly over a distance of up to 60 kilometers. It uses the hybrid UAV technology comprising helicopter-style propellers attached to static plane-like wings allowing it to take off and land vertically. The drone rises and touches down in helicopter fashion as there is not enough space for a runway or resting net in most areas that it will be deployed. The hover method cannot be utilised during the entire flight as drones are 10 times more efficient in forward flight than during hovering.
The drone requires no runway or launch mechanism and is capable of landing in parking lots, roofs and other flat surfaces. It is operated through a smartphone and is GPS-guided along predefined designated routes.
Vayu, Inc. and Stony Brook University, with support from the Madagascar government and backing from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), worked together to complete a series of long-range, fully autonomous drone flights with blood and stool samples in July 2016 in Madagascar.The samples were successfully transported from villages in Infanadiana district to the ValBio research station.
- The drone is trackable using the Iridium satellite network with two- way communication enhancing real-time change to flight paths for safety purposes.
- The payload container is integrated in the vehicle’s fuselage, with a built-in handle & lock, the latch mechanism secures the container in flight.
- The paths are predefined to meet the safety standards and avoid accidents.
The drone comes with access to Iridium satellite network to enable two- way communication to enable tracking and making real-time change to flight paths.
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