Drone operation for hospital pandemic response launches in the US

Novant Health, a not-for-profit, integrated healthcare system headquartered in North Carolina, has launched America's first emergency drone logistics operation by a hospital for its pandemic response. The launch was made possible through a partnership with Zipline, the world's only national scale, on-demand logistics service, which will provide drone flight services. The FAA granted Novant Health a Part 107 waiver to begin operation, which is being launched as part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT's) Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The operation provides contactless distribution of personal protective equipment and critical medical supplies to Novant Health frontline
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Parrot supports Human Rights Watch with drones and software provision

Parrot is supporting Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world. To assist the organization’s work, Parrot is providing its ANAFI drones, along with advanced software and technical support. Most recently, as part of a Human Rights Watch investigation into ISIS atrocities in northern Syria, Parrot provided support in capturing aerial imagery and 3D data of the al-Hota gorge near Raqqa, a suspected mass grave site used by ISIS. As part of the investigation, Parrot provided ANAFI drones and on-call support for piloting and technical assistance. The dangerous terrain and steep cliffs of al-Hota made it
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Flytrex takes-off with drone deliveries following COVID-19 social distancing protocols

Flytrex, in response to the COVID-19 crisis and in partnership with EASE Drones, the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation and the City of Grand Forks, has launched its drone delivery service directly to backyards in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The initiative will provide necessities such as food, medicine and other essential goods via drone to selected households observing social distancing recommendations, helping address the growing health crisis by keeping citizens in the safety of their own homes and reducing crowding and unnecessary contact at local stores.  The company detailed how the deliveries will be made in cooperation with the
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Company collaborations seek ways to support US coronavirus response with drones

DroneUp recently partnered with UPS and subsidiary UPS Flight Forward with Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology and Workhorse Group in tests designed to determine how UAS can assist medical professionals in their fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The companies explained that as healthcare practitioners nationwide and around the world race to contain the virus and save lives, time is of the essence. Experts in the healthcare industry and in government are calling for technology solutions that can speed the pace of testing and treatment for infected patients. They also express concern for healthcare providers on the front
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Parrot offers design support on MakAir respirator as part of COVID-19 effort

Parrot has said it is proud to support the French medical profession facing Covid-19 by sharing the MakAir open source respirator project with its experience in engine design and integration. The engine is an essential and very demanding part of any ventilation device: constant power, controlled vibrations, sufficient reliability and endurance to allow 24/7 operation for 6 weeks. Parrot says its expertise allows it to offer 500 engines that perfectly meet these criteria, for the launch of the MakAir project, which it says is both ambitious and simple. Ultimately, as part of industrialisation in France, Parrot will have made 5,000
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