Drones deliver medicine in rural Virginia

In 2013, I saw a great TED talk on drones and how they would be a great solution for delivering medicine in rural areas.. They were talking about rural in emerging countries – but that doesn’t squelch my excitement to be seeing it happening in Virginia – as reported by The Rural Blog

The first federally approved drone delivery of medicine took place on Friday at a rural field hospital in southwest Virginia, Yann Ranaivo reports for The Roanoke Times. “The drone, a hexacopter roughly the size of a portable fire pit,” made three trips from the airport two miles away, delivering 20 pounds of medicine to benefit two dozen patients at the annual Remote Area Medical mobile clinic in Wise County.

It’s a great use of a drone!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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