UK Drone Supply Community CAELUS Launches
by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian M. Crosby
CAELUS (Care & Fairness – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland), a consortium led by AGS Airports in partnership with NHS Scotland to ascertain the UK’s premiere drone-based medical distribution community, closed £10.1 million in funding from the Future Flight Problem at UK Analysis and Innovation (UKRI) final month.
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Consortium members, stakeholders and politicians assembled at Glasgow Airport for the official launch, which featured a keynote speech from Scottish Authorities Public Well being Minister Maree Todd in addition to various exhibitions from consortium companions.
CAELUS includes 16 companions, which embody the College of Strathclyde, NATS, NHS Scotland and Skyports, all collaborating with the aim of offering Scotland’s first nationwide drone community able to delivering essential medical provides throughout the nation, together with to distant communities.
Following its acquisition of £1.5 million in January 2020, the consortium has developed drone touchdown stations for NHS websites all through Scotland, in addition to a digital mannequin of the community plan, bridging hospitals, pathology laboratories, distribution facilities and GP surgical procedures nationwide. The undertaking’s second part will incorporate stay flight trials and deal with hurdles to the secure operation of drones at scale in Scotland.
“We have been delighted once we heard we have been receiving the £10.1m funding from UKRI to maneuver onto the following part of the undertaking,” mentioned Fiona Smith, AGS Airports Group Head of Aerodrome Technique and CAELUS Venture Director. “The CAELUS undertaking is about to revolutionise the best way wherein healthcare providers are delivered in Scotland. A drones community can guarantee important medical provides might be delivered extra effectively, it could possibly cut back ready occasions for take a look at outcomes and, extra importantly, it could possibly present fairness of care between city and distant rural communities.
“In addition to having the ability to undertake stay flights we are able to start to deploy the bodily infrastructure wanted to assist the drones throughout Scotland. This can contain constructing prototype touchdown bases in addition to digital and communication infrastructure. We may also work with native communities to make sure they perceive why and the way the drones might be used.”
Consortium member and drone providers supplier Skyports will conduct the undertaking’s stay flight trials, because it did with NHS Scotland in 2020 and 2021, flying over 14,000km within the area so far.
“We’re extremely excited to be the lead board for this high-end modern undertaking,” mentioned Hazel Dempsey, NHS Grampian’s Program Lead for Innovation.“Our purpose, from an NHS perspective, is to check using drone expertise in city, distant, rural and island landscapes. We need to take a look at if utilizing drones will enhance vital elements of our logistics service, for instance, to check the transportation of laboratory samples, blood merchandise, chemotherapy, and medication supply. Finally, we need to discover if drone expertise can velocity up prognosis and remedy of medical issues.
“This has the potential to enhance providers for these whose care relies on rail, ferry or airline timetables and assist hold individuals at dwelling the place they are often supported by households and family members,” Dempsey continued. “This undertaking intends to place the UK and NHS Scotland as a pacesetter within the third revolution within the aviation business.”
“This nationwide, thrilling ‘subsequent stage’ programme of labor builds on the success of CAELUS 1 launch which targeted on the West of Scotland,” added David Lowe, Nationwide Scientific Director for Innovation.
“During the last 4 years, we’ve launched initiatives all through Scotland which show the advantages that drone interventions can present to people and communities – even within the hardest to succeed in areas,” mentioned Alex Brown, Director of Skyports Drone Providers. “All through the COVID-19 pandemic, we flew hundreds of kilometers to ship important pathology samples for the NHS, serving to numerous sufferers obtain their diagnoses and coverings quicker. The CAELUS undertaking is the following step in these important trials to show the feasibility of drone providers and pave the best way for the launch of everlasting drone supply operations for the NHS.”
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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a workers author.
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