Britain is testing the use of drones to deliver emergency medical supplies to a hospital on the Isle of Wight to save time, the New York Times reported on May 12. It is reported that this is part of a government-developed transport system that will allow drones and manned aircraft to share airspace.
Developed by the University of Southampton, the drone is a fixed-wing twin-engine drone with a range of 1,000km and a payload of 100kg in the cargo hold. The first shipment of cargo was a number of pathological samples, and the aircraft is now on standby, providing flight services up to 10 times a day.
Professor Jim Scanlan, the drone’s developer, said the aircraft could fly at night, in fog and in bad weather, and other remote islands that rely on slow ferries or expensive aircraft to transport supplies could also benefit from the technology.
According to reports, the Isle of Wight is about 8 km from the southern coast of England, the middle of the Solent Strait separates 142,000 people from the main land. Drones can fly across the channel in 10 minutes, which is much faster than ferries and much cheaper than regular flights.