Drones will soon be used to transport blood to remote rural areas in South Africa, the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) said on Friday - a day after demonstrating how the technology will assist to save lives.
On Thursday the SANBS and Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) came together at the North Eastern Radio Flyers in Sandton, where they showcased how they intend to save more lives using drones.
Named the TRON Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) this drone is a highly specialised aircraft that will be used to transport blood from blood banks to hospitals in remote areas. The TRON, like a helicopter, is capable of vertically taking off and landing.
Once in flight it switches into a highly efficient aircraft.
In an emergency blood can be delivered to hospitals much faster and more efficiently than ever before. TRON can carry up to 2 kg and cool it actively. The TRON will fly at an altitude of 100 m to hospitals as far away as 100 km delivering up to four units of life saving blood.