Company Developing UAV Network for Humanitarian Purposes

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could deliver medical supplies across parts of the developing world that lack the infrastructure to distribute such goods.

Matternet, a start-up founded by Greek entrepreneur Andreas Raptopoulos, hopes to make that vision a reality by developing transportation networks based on small UAVs. The company's goal is to help the 1 billion people who do not have yearlong access to roads, according to an article by The Guardian.

Matternet plans to use eight-rotor UAVs, each with a payload of up to 2 kilograms. In order to compensate for short battery life, the UAVs must work together so that supplies can be transferred from ground station to ground station.

The company has tested the system in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and has plans for a pilot project in Lesotho, a landlocked country surrounded entirely by South Africa that is in the midst of an AIDS epidemic.

Raptopoulos notes that Matternet will target aid agencies, pharmaceutical companies and logistics organizations as potential users of its UAV network.

Read the full Guardian article here.


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