First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest

Cross-posted from WeRobotics

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities 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 (UAVs) 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!

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This unique and successful pilot project was a big team effort including our Peru Flying Labs Coordinator Juan Bergelund, UAV del Peru and the Peruvian Ministry of Health along with some of Peru’s leading public health experts. We carried out both day and night autonomous flights between local health hub Contamana and the remote village of Pampa Hermosa around 40 kilometers away. The drones delivered life-saving anti-venom medicines as well as blood samples. The flights took around 35 minutes compared to traditional riverboat transportation, which can take up to 6 hours.

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We have already been asked by multiple local authorities in the region to carry out additional flights in coming months. These flights will test the aerial delivery of medical supplies across 100+ kilometers. A detailed review of our recent flight tests will be released in early January along with high definition pictures and videos. Our Peru Flying Labs will also be working on this Zika reduction project in Peru using cargo drones. For media enquiries, please contact Dr. Patrick Meier (patrick@werobotics) and Juan Bergelund (juan@werobotics). Ministry of Health officials and other partners are also available for interviews.

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In the meantime, we wish to sincerely thank all our outstanding partners and colleagues in Peru for their invaluable support and partnership over the past two weeks. We are very excited to continue our good work together in coming months and years.


About WeRobotics

The mission of WeRobotics is to scale the positive impact of social good projects through the use of appropriate robotics solutions. We do this by creating robotics labs (Flying Labs) that transfer professional skills and robotics solutions locally. We have Flying Labs in Asia (Nepal), Africa (Tanzania) and South America (Peru). WeRobotics is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which enabled the recent project in the Amazon rainforest with our Peru Flying Labs.

5 responses to “First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest

  1. I am looking forward to more technical details about the drone specs and the navigation methodology. Thanks!

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  3. Dear DHN Team and Healthcare Authorities

    I enjoy very much this fact ever seen before in the rainforest pesants communities, more even with participations of the Healthcare Ministers and Authorities and the WeRobotics Labs Peruvian team, in a real social inclusión of this communities as main healthcare response into remote áreas for helping and save life by using emergent technologies like UAV CARGO DRONE.

    I wishes to all of you a…

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017
    Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année 2017
    Feliz Navidad y Pròpero Año Nuevo 2017

    Hugo Sumarriba

  4. Loving this phenomena, people are getting benefits of these drones, as they help remote communities, specially these commercial drones are good for Health purposes, as now with these drones the aids can be reached quickly and efficently.

  5. Top-10-Drones.com

    yes no doubt, these drones are helping remote communities – specially when they need most i.e. Health or giving aid so these commercial drones are reaching to the extreme location within minutes

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