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Doosan Fuel Cell Drone Makes a 43 Mile Medical Delivery

By November 29, 2019 2   min read  (234 words)

November 29, 2019 |

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Korean drone company Doosan Mobility Innovation along with Guinn Partner, in collaboration with Skyfire Consulting, recently announced that execute a 43-mile open-ocean medical drone delivery between St. Croix and St. Thomas.

The flight took an hour and forty-three minutes on Doosan’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered DS-30 aircraft (which still had nearly 30 minutes of hydrogen left in the tank upon landing).

Skyfire Consulting said “We’ve come a long way from the incremental improvements in drone flight time — I still vividly remember the progression from 8 minutes to 12 minutes to 30 minutes in the air. We’re officially in a new era of long-flight functionality in the commercial drone industry. Drones are now specialized tools with applications far beyond what was possible in years past.

Members of our team at Guinn Partners worked with Doosan Mobility Innovations, in collaboration with Skyfire Consulting, and the US Department of Health, to execute a 43-mile open-ocean medical drone delivery between St. Croix and St. Thomas. The flight took an hour and forty-three minutes on Doosan’s hydrogen fuel cell powered DS-30 aircraft (which still had nearly 30 minutes of hydrogen left in the tank upon landing).”
The drone carried simulation vials as a surrogate for diagnostic samples or vaccines in a temperature-controlled payload system. I’m excited for this next generation of drone flight capability and what we’ll see enabled by this technology in both the public and commercial sectors!
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