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Arunachal Govt Launches Ambitious 'Medicine from the Sky' Project

Based on the field assessment report, a pilot project 'Medicine from the Sky' is being rolled out today on occasion of Independence Day from Seppa, East Kameng district.

Arunachal Govt Launches Ambitious Medicine from the Sky Project

Sentinel Digital Desk

ITANAGAR: In a welcoming move, the Arunachal government successful launched its first flight of drone service - 'medicine from the sky' from Seppa to Chayang Tajo in East Kameng district.

Based on the field assessment report, a pilot project 'Medicine from the Sky' is being rolled out today on occasion of Independence Day from Seppa, East Kameng district.

The pilot project funded by USAID and executed by Redwings Labs shall provide a clear picture on operational issues, financial feasibility & regulatory issues, based on which the state govt shall make a policy and take steps for phased adoption of this emerging technology.

Guided by vision of PM Narendra Modi to make India world's drone hub, the state government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to conduct a pilot project of using drones in healthcare, agriculture & disaster management.

What is 'Medicine from the sky' (MFTS)?

The project is led by the Emerging Technologies Wing of the state IT department in partnership with World Economic Forum, NITI Aayog, and HealthNet Global (Apollo Hospitals), and aims to undertake experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights for delivery of vaccines using the identified airspace.

Earlier in 2021, Hepicopter, a medical delivery drone of Hyderabad-based Marut Dronetech and other consortium partners RICH, Public Health Foundation of India, and Adani Defence Group company Alpha Digital Technologies has begun trials in Vikarabad as part of Government of Telangana's initiative 'Medicine from the Sky'.

The project was formally launched by Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Civil Aviation Minister, KT Rama Rao, Telangana IT Minister and Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy, Telangana Education Minister.

Hepicopter is a heavy payload, long-range drone paired to a custom developed modular temperature-controlled box (patent pending) platform that can safely and reliably deliver multiple medical payloads simultaneously and improve access to vaccines, lab samples and possibly on-demand medical products to primary health centres and sub centres in rural, remote, and hard to reach areas.


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