Wingcopter drones to deliver COVID-19 test kits to Scottish island

This is a fact which is particularly evident in the current corona crisis and which, among other things, has an impact on tourism in many regions.

Wingcopter drones to deliver COVID-19 test kits to Scottish island
Wingcopter drones to deliver COVID-19 test kits to Scottish island

Wingcopter drones to deliver COVID-19 test kits to Scottish island

Not only in developing and emerging countries are the supply chains for medical goods often suboptimal. In the Western world, too, bottlenecks in medical care occur time and again, especially in the periphery. This is a fact which is particularly evident in the current corona crisis and which, among other things, has an impact on tourism in many regions.

In Scotland, Skyports and Thales are therefore starting a drone-based COVID-19 response trial on behalf of the NHS Scotland to provide the Isle of Mull with corona tests by means of a Wingcopter drone. This allows to cut the delivery times from currently up to 6 hours by car and ferry to 15 minutes.

Below you will find the press release of the partners. Additionally we would like to offer you the following quote from our co-founder and CEO Tom Plümmer:

"Drones offer the opportunity to quickly and easily take corona tests, drugs or personal protective equipment to places that are difficult to reach by conventional means of transport. We are delighted to be able to help in Scotland in this way and hope to soon be able to help contain the pandemic in other countries and regions as well. For example, such a drone based on-demand service can be of enormous help to holiday regions that currently do not know how to deal with the upcoming holiday season. This is because those affected receive certainty more quickly if they suspect they have been infected with COVID-19, and appropriate measures can be initiated earlier.

The test in Scotland is already the second corona-related project for Wingcopter. Last week, Wingcopter, together with its partners UNICEF and the African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA), won up to EUR 3 million for the establishment of a delivery drone network in Malawi, Africa, at the SmartDevelopmentHack, a global hackathon under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation. Further corona-related projects are in the starting blocks.