First ever drone flight in country taking blood samples from Uttarakashi to Dehradun successful
Dehradun, May 24
For the first time in the country, the first drone flight taking blood samples from remote Uttarkashi district to Dehradun has been successful. Redcliffe Labs, a unit of Redcliffe Lifetech in the U.S., has come up with its first commercial drone flight in the country’s healthcare sector. The company has opened its commercial drone corridor between Uttarkashi and Dehradun.
Redcliffe Lab, delivered 5 kilograms payload in temperature-controlled boxes from Gyansu, Uttarkashi to Vivek Vihar, Dehradun, which is 60 kilometres aerial distance on May 19.
Dheeraj Jain, Founder, Redcliffe Labs informed that Uttarkashi to Dehradun by road is 144 km, 6-8 hours by road and 12 hours during a landslide. “But using drone technology this distance was covered in 88 minutes with one battery swap in between,” he said.
The project was a part of Redcliffe and Skye Air tie-up. In the past three months they have done 40 successful trials in North India.
The company said it “will be operating two flights daily for both routine and specialized tests sample collection from June 10, 2022.
The diagnostic service provider aims to reach at least 500 million Indians by 2027. Of the various ways to achieve this target, Jain informed that the company “plans to leverage drone technology to collect Dx samples.”