FlightOps, a multi-drone operating system, has successfully completed Israel’s longest autonomous medical equipment delivery using a drone. The autonomous drone, controlled by FlightOps’ software, carried blood units over a distance of approximately 15.5 miles (25 km) beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), marking a new milestone in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.
This achievement was made possible through a partnership between the Galilee Medical Center and the Israeli Ministry of Health’s Medical Centers Division. The FlightOps drone operating system was utilized by DownWind, one of Israel’s largest commercial drone operating companies, to ensure that the medical equipment delivery was done safely and efficiently.
The drone was able to transport blood units from the Rambam Medical Center Haifa to the heliport of the Galilee Medical Center, which is the longest distance any medical equipment has been transported by a UAV in Israel. The successful mission demonstrates how drone technology can be leveraged to transport medical supplies over long distances, saving time and potentially saving lives.
Professor Masaad Barhoum, the director of the Galilee Medical Center, emphasized that innovation and value are core components of their mission. They are proud to support projects that bring these two components together and contribute to the well-being of the residents of the area.
FlightOps co-founder, Ofer Haruvi, stated that the flight from the Rambam Medical Center to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya is a new record for a drone flight licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority for a distance of 25 km in an urban area. He is delighted that the technology developed by FlightOps will be used to positively impact public health and support a viable commercial business model.
This is not the first time that the FlightOps drone operating system has been used in a public health mission. In July 2022, FlightOps’ technology was used to safely transport medical laboratory tests, including blood counts, urine tests, and coagulation tests, between Hillel Yaffe Medical Center and Sha’ar Menashe Mental Health Center over a distance of 9.7 miles (15.6 km).
FlightOps OS is a robotic software that can be installed on drones of any type, replacing human pilots with artificial intelligence. This enables enhanced onboard decision-making and reduces the reliance on communication, thereby reducing the exposure to human errors. The FlightOps technology allows for automated mission planning and creates smart flight routes that avoid no-fly zones and ground and air obstacles. This allows for massive scalability in both the number and range of missions while reducing operating costs. FlightOps is a cloud-based software that enables drone and air mobility service providers to scale up their operations in terms of range and number of missions.
For more information about FlightOps, visit www.flightops.io.