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UPS Foundation, @Gavi, and @Zipline Testing Drone Delivery this Summer in Rwanda

The partnership between the 3 organizations will be attempting delivery of supplies of blood and other healthcare services throughout road-remote regions in the country of Rwanda beginning this August. Check out a video with demonstration of the Zipline drone launch, a slideshow with many more images, and further reporting here at Reuters.

A Zipline delivery drone launches from its launcher during a flight demonstration at an undisclosed location in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S., May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

UPS will provide a grant of $800,000 plus logistical support through the UPS Foundation to a partnership including Gavi, a group providing vaccines to poor countries, and robotics company Zipline International Inc for drone flights in Rwanda starting in August. The drones will deliver blood and vaccines to half the transfusion centers in the country of 11 million people, making deliveries 20 times faster than by land.

A Zipline delivery drone releases its payload midair during a flight demonstration at an undisclosed location in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S., May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Keenan Wyrobek, head of product engineering at Zipline International, displays a package of fake blood airdropped by a Zipline drone during a flight demonstration at an undisclosed location in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S., May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Read more here at Reuters.


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