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Drone delivery service between Connemara Airport and Inis Mór, Aran Islands

By Dermot - 10th Oct 2019 | 7 views

NUI Galway and partners recently completed the world’s first autonomous beyond visual line of sight, vertical take-off and landing drone delivery of diabetes prescription medications (insulin, glucagon) and collection of a patient’s blood sample (HbA1c) between Connemara Airport and Inis Mór, Aran Islands. Project lead Prof Derek O’Keeffe, Professor of Medical Device Technology, NUI Galway, said the growing prevalence of severe weather events may result in people in isolated communities running out of medicines, underlining the need for technological solutions. Pictured above is Prof O’Keeffe with the diabetes drone.

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