Indian integrated transportation & distribution company Blue Dart, supported by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has selected Unified Traffic Management (UTM) provider Altitude Angel to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.
In May 2021 the India Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules to the Government of Telangana for its ‘Medicine from the Sky Project’. The project is led by the Government of Telangana, World Economic Forum and Healthnet Global, and is supported by the Indian Government think tank, Niti Aayog. The Government of Telangana has approved eight consortiums out of the 17 who applied to the Expression of Interest.
Blue Dart Express is a part of the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ initiative and has been selected as one of the consortiums to carry out vaccine delivery trials. The BVLOS flights, operated as part of the Blue Dart Med-Express Consortium, will deliver vaccines and emergency medical supplies from a district hospital to the Primary healthcare centre.
The project will include conducting trials over a period of six days with the findings helping the Govt. of Telangana to develop a framework for commercial deliveries by drone to be enabled in Waves 2 & 3 of the project.
The selected consortiums are likely to be further participating for the commercial bid to create delivery network and enable deliveries by drone within the State of Telangana.
The BVLOS trials will help create framework for future drone deliveries and other major applications using drones across India.
Olivier Quero, Altitude Angel, Regional Sales Manager, said: “Medical deliveries will be one of the use cases which will benefit most from the success of these BVLOS demonstrations. At Altitude Angel, we’re committed to enabling organisations, businesses and governments create the infrastructure which will make highly automated BVLOS drone operations a day-to-day reality.”
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