Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia have launched a project to exploit the potential of drones in the fight against covid-19.They carried out a test flight this week Kit Go to the hospital center for intervention and sampling.
It only takes three minutes.This is this Monday Delong The first set of joint intervention tools was delivered from Feria Valencia to Arnau de Vilanova Hospital. This is one of the pilot flights of a pioneering Spanish project led by the Polytechnic University of Valencia and funded by the Autonomous Community of Valencia.
“The use of drones can be transported in a fast, economical, contactless manner and does not generate greenhouse gas emissions. This is an alternative method that can help alleviate the huge pressure on the health system from this pandemic,” He said. Quintanilla, Israel, Project Coordinator and Director of UPV UAV Committee.
Since May last year, UPV has been working on the plan. The purpose is to evaluate the ideal methods and operations to start a plan. Emergency transportation systemUse drones during a pandemic, including materials, laboratory samples and any other equipment.
In this Monday’s speech, 3 operations and experimental flights were carried out and managed by the command post.
The first time was from Feria Valencia to Arnau de Vilanova hospital, and the drone carried The first intervention kit Suitable for medical staff-with masks, gloves, goggles, divers and internal rapid COVID test.
“Using drones, No traffic jams or traffic lights And the route is direct, so it does not rely on land roads. In this case, their speed reached 15 m/s; considering the take-off time, it covered the entire journey in less than three minutes.
Regarding the other two flights, one of them has distributed equipment from Siét Aguas Airport to different nearby rural areas. The second step made it possible to transport different medical supplies and biological samples from Francesc de Borja Hospital (Gandia) to the Solimar Daimús social sanitation residence.
Cooperation with drone companies
Four drone companies participated in the project, which gave us multiple possibilities in terms of drone type, range, speed and materials to be transported. Two of them are the world’s leading Chinese companies: DJI Innovation with extreme, The other two are Valencian companies that are fully expanding internationally: Drone engineering with Quaternary ammonium salt.
Members of the drone departments of the local and national police and the Secretary of State of the Interior Ministry also participated in the meeting. The software they used was called Century Disc, It can control the airspace to detect intruding drones in action, and even suppress them and land them on the ground.
Regarding applications other than experimental flights, Quintanilla explained that the regulations will allow them to be implemented from next year: “This project allows us to foresee this situation and use UPV and General Valenciana as a Benchmarks used. Facing health emergencies like the one we are experiencing.”