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Project aims to get drone data by delivering aid in Rwanda

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 01:20

Two organizations have teamed up for a humanitarian project in Rwanda which will also gather data for drone delivery companies anxious for regulators to open up the skies. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With the rise in the popularity of drones... U.S. federal regulators are struggling to keep up. But a new partnership between UPS and robotics start-up Zipline International may help get those regulators into the air. NATS: "Should be able to fly hundreds of flights a day" The aim is to get much needed data for the Federal Aviation Administration, which has concerns about drone delivery. The Zipline project hopes to get that data by making medical deliveries in Rwanda, where blood and vaccines are normally delivered by motorcycle. NATS: "It's loaded already with the medicine, you put it in the bay, close the doors, lock them in place, and it's ready for delivery." UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez says it combines humanitarian efforts with business practices. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE UPS FOUNDATION EDUARDO MARTINEZ, SAYING: "We do believe that supply chain, having an efficient and resilient supply chain saves lives and so we've been actively engaged with organizations around the world bringing relief when supply chains are inefficient and broken." And once those deliveries begin, the two organizations can focus on fulfilling humanitarian projects from the skies and helping to make package delivery a U.S. reality.

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Project aims to get drone data by delivering aid in Rwanda

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 01:20