Africa and its countries have begun embracing drone technology to help bridging the gap between their cities and rural places. For one, they use drones as a fast way to deliver blood, which can prove to be a lifesaving method for clinics in far-flung places. The idea of road delivery can be tough, either geologically or by design. Africa is not new to hard times, which makes travel and goods delivery a safety and reliability issue.
A drone’s main advantage is its speed and its flight. A flying bullet in the sky that can carry a decent amount of load can get to places faster than its land counterparts. There is also less chance of it getting lost, stolen, or stuck in a traffic jam. However, the main issue is speed. Speed is the name of the game. In the medical world, speed determines whether a client lives or dies. Not every case is that dramatic, but you get the picture. A timely medication delivery, a blood pack arriving on time, and even a set of vaccines received on a schedule can do a lot for a rural community.
The delivery company DHL has been working on a Parcelcopter drone for even faster deliveries. The main selling point for this drone is speed and autonomy. It can also reach great distances, reaching 60 kilometers on a single run. This trip takes as fast as 40 minutes, which is a marginally large difference when looking at what traditional land (trucks, motorcycles, on foot) delivery methods offer.
This method of delivery is extremely helpful for island locations, which usually take a long time to get to with older methods. These island clinics and health stations now have at least some access to medicine at a fast rate, which is a groundbreaking idea on its own.
Another great design feature for the Parcelcopter is its launch and landing. It is capable of vertical landing and takeoff, meaning it does not need a long ramp to work.