Backed by White House, Zipline to test U.S. medical drone delivery

On the heels of a recent White House initiative announced after its first “Workshop on Drones and The Future of Aviation,” San Francisco based robotics startup Zipline will test drone delivery of medical supplies to remote U.S. communities.

Pending FAA approval, Zipline flights will demonstrate the “viability of unmanned aircraft technology in disseminating critical care supplies” to hard to reach areas, according to a White House release last week.

Deliveries will include lifesaving blood, medicine, and medical products to places such as Smith Island, Maryland and Pyramid Lake Tribal Health Clinic in Nevada.

“We put forward a proposal [to the Office of Science and Technology Policy] before the event…and they selected us as a participant to highlight certain…

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