The industry of commutes and logistics is transformed with modernization and advancement. The world is turning into a fast-paced industry in itself. Distances are getting shorter along with the time needed to travel or transport something from one point to another. This means that any delays are not welcomed and if there are some unavoidable postponements or delays, the whole chain that is associated with it is influenced negatively as everything is so closely related now. Therefore, innovations and unique solutions are always being proposed to stay ahead of time.
Airplanes have been used for delivering goods and objects from one place to another for quite a while now. A few years ago, drones were being used for the same purpose in some highly developed regions. This saved a lot of time for the delivery.
Recently, Wingcopter had introduced its new eVTOL fixed-wing delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198 in April of this year. This is a drone of German origin. Now, the German company is said to be collaborating with Air Methods to provide a special kind of delivery through drones all across the United States of America. This special kind of delivery is the delivery of medicinal goods and healthcare-related objects.
Air Methods is very well-established already and has been aiding the rural areas of the US extensively and excessively ever since it came into being in 1980. At present, the company has 450 helicopters, with 300 bases for fix-winged aircraft in 48 different states of the US. These make almost 100,000 deliveries related to healthcare across the country every year, particularly in the rural areas.
The Wingcopter goes up in the air with vertical ascent and once it reaches a certain height, it shifts to the regular horizontal fixed-wing aircraft flight. It can collectively carry 6 kg of cargo, along with 5 kg of three packages. The range of the vehicle is 75 km when it carries 5 kg, and the maximum speed is 145 km/h.
The collaborative project is being called Spright and is under trials in Kansas in partnership with Hutchinson Regional Medical Systems. The vision they carry is to ‘save and improve lives.’ The operations are not only limited to the US, but other countries have benefited from the service as well like they delivered insulin in Ireland, children’s vaccines in Vanuatu, emergency medication in Malawi, and blood samples in Germany.