Irish drone startup Manna Aero is set to begin trialing deliveries of essential supplies and medicines in Ireland.
The decision to deliver medicine by drone came after the company’s usual fast food deliveries were grounded during the coronavirus pandemic.
It has partnered with Irish health authorities on the project, with testing set to start within weeks.
The tests will deliver supplies to vulnerable people in Moneygall, a rural town bordering the counties of Offaly and Tipperary.
While other initiatives are also focusing on medicine delivery by drone, this could be the first to go directly to the recipient’s house.
Manna Aero’s Welsh-made drones fly at an altitude of 80 metres and a speed of over 80kph.
The company says its autonomous drones can deliver within a 2km radius in less than 3 minutes.