First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated peoples rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region report an average of 45 snakebites per month and no rapid access to anti-venom meds, for example. We recently traveled to the rainforest to learn more about these challenges and to explore whether cargo drones could realistically be used to overcome some of these challenges in a sustainable manner. We’re excited to share that our cargo drone flights in the Amazon rainforest were a big success! Learn more here.

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Comment by Jeff Taylor on December 22, 2016 at 11:47am

This is pretty amazing! There's no doubt deploying drones for long distance flights in the jungle is always a challenge. Congratulations on a well deserved success! Let me know if I can be of any help in future efforts.

Comment by Patrick Meier on December 22, 2016 at 12:00pm

Many thanks, Jeff! Big team effort. Yes, I'd love to connect with you in early January and have Juan join our call. We're keen to get your advice on some of the ideas we've been discussing in Peru. Thanks again!

Comment by Red Bales on December 22, 2016 at 4:53pm

This is awesome news in regards to the ability to use unmanned systems in ways that exponentially improve the world's standard of living.

I wonder if autonomous payload blimps would be an option that could use preset waypoints or ground stations in a circuit of villages that would utilize this service.

I am not sure how the weather is in the amazon, but it seems to be a challenging and beautiful environment to work in.

Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on December 23, 2016 at 3:25pm

Thanks for posting Patrick! Your blog posts always lead to a bit of daydreaming. 

Comment by Andrew Tridgell on December 27, 2016 at 12:12am

fantastic, great to see this happening!


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