Instantly earlier than lockdown, a workforce from Snowdonia Aerospace, with companions SwiftFlight Avionics, College of Manchester and the Welsh Ambulance Service, accomplished a profitable flight demo that confirmed proof-of-concept for past visible line-of-sight (BVLOS) supply of a defibrillator by drone to a distant, rural location that may be troublesome to succeed in with an ambulance in a well timed style.
That is the primary demo of this sort within the UK and one in all solely a handful which were carried out worldwide.
The undertaking was carried out on the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr, North Wales, and funded by the UK House Company and Welsh Authorities beneath a Nationwide House Know-how Programme/House for Smarter Authorities Programme to point out how satellite-enabled drones could possibly be used as a part of a broader satellite-enabled community to assist distant healthcare providers in rural Welsh communities.
We’re additionally very grateful to Schiller UK for the mortgage of a FRED easyport mini defibrillator. The defibrillator was delivered by parachute drop to a “first aider” and “casualty” on a distant seaside.
The drop level was four.5 kilometres from the launch location and took 2 minutes 50 seconds to finish, whereas an ambulance would have taken an estimated 20+ minutes to succeed in the identical location. We’re wanting ahead to persevering with the BVLOS functionality improvement as a part of the upcoming UK Analysis & Innovation Future Flight Problem and fascinating with different emergency response stakeholders.
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