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Drones to supply medicines in remote areas in Meghalaya

TechEagle – a Gurugram based DeepTech start-up drone that is building Drone logistic Airline has partnered with the State government and Smart Village Movement (SVM) to carry out India’s first hybrid e-VTOL Drone delivery of lifesaving medicines.

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Shillong: Meghalaya on Friday became the first state in the North-Eastern region to embark on drones, commonly known as flying robots, for the delivery of life-saving medicines in remote villages of this mountainous state.

TechEagle – a Gurugram based DeepTech start-up drone that is building Drone logistic Airline has partnered with the State government and Smart Village Movement (SVM) to carry out India’s first hybrid e-VTOL Drone delivery of lifesaving medicines.

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“The collaboration is aimed at transforming the healthcare supply chain for hard-to-reach population,” a government official said.

On Friday, a doctor at Nongstoin Civil hospital gave the medicine box to TechEagle team to load inside the drone and on successful loading of the medicine into the drone bay, TechEagle’s e-VTOL Drone AquilaX2 took off from the hospital vertically like a helicopter and converted automatically into fixed wing (like passenger aircraft) mode upon reaching the mission height.

The drone cruised complete aerial distance of 25km at 90kmph speed to reach Maweit Primary Health Centre (PHC). As soon as it reached to landing point at Maweit PHC, the drone converted itself back to rotary wing mode to landed vertically like a helicopter.

The TechEagle team unloaded the package and handed over the medicine box to doctor at Maweit PHC. TechEagle’s e-VTOL Aquila X2 delivered the lifesaving drugs successfully to a 25km distance
in less than 25 minutes. Drones have potential to improve lives of 18,50,000 citizens of Meghalaya The company’s state-of-the-art drone delivery technology ensures consistent, safe and reliable distribution of lifesaving drugs (medicines, vaccines, blood and other medical essentials) in several parts of the state with the reverse logistics of samples for quick diagnosis.

Congratulating the entire team of TechEagle, Smart village movement and the health department who made this very unique and one of a kind project a success, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “We all know what great technology can do but to be able to use it for the benefit of the citizens of the state, something which is so meaningful to the people. Here the technology has been used for a very good cause.”
“We look forward to use the technology in the long run. Today we have used it for the healthcare and in future we hopefully will be able to use this in agriculture and other allied sectors,” Sangma said.

Commenting on the successful project, Vikram Singh Meena, founder and CEO of TechEagle said, “Aerial routes are the best possible way to access hard-to-reach places in hilly terrains of northeast. Today, we are proud of the fact that TechEagle’s made in India Hybrid e-VTOL is solving grassroot problems faced by citizens living in the remote areas.
“We have reduced delivery time from 4 hours to 25 minutes. e-VTOL drone technology is going to leave a huge impact to enable better healthcare in the remotest parts of the world.,” he said.

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