Drones to be deployed to deliver medicines

The drone can fly autonomously carrying up to 1.8 kgs cargo at 110 kph with a round-trip range of 160 km (80 km both ways) braving even adverse weather conditions.

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With an initiative of Serum Institute of India (SII), Maharashtra Medical Drone Delivery Service (MMDDS) and Maharashtra Government, drones will now be enabled to deliver emergency medicines and blood to the inaccessible parts of the state. 

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It has been scheduled to be launched at the start of 2020. A zipline will be set up with 10 distribution centres starting with Pune and Nandurbar and will further expand up to cater to the needs of 12 crore people. These drones will be set up to cater emergency medical situation wherein the person won't have access to it near their area. In Mumbai, it will further be set up in the outskirts of Palghar district. 

Notably, according to the statement of an official, the drone can fly autonomously carrying up to 1.8 kgs cargo at 110 kph with a round-trip range of 160 km (80 km both ways) braving even adverse weather conditions. 

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