Medical Transport by Drone

Our vision is to enable fast, reliable and affordable medical transport, like biological samples and medicines, between health care centres. Carrying critical cargo by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), will overcome the limitations of traditional ground transport, including traffic congestion and road accidents.

A viable and sustainable medical transportation service by UAS requires a complex integration of processes, procedures, services and technologies.  Helicus leverages its partners’ expertise and technologies to offer a best of breed integrated solution.  Therefore, the HAI ecosystem remains open for partners that wish to contribute and provide their piece of the puzzle and to build their own internal competencies based on the joint experiences. 

At the heart of this integrated solution are the medical partners that are co-designing the services they need.

The medical UAS transportation service is being designed and developed by industrial, service and research partners that are experts within their own area:

  • Healthcare
  • Command and Control Centre integration application (C2C)
  • UAS platform (the drone itself)
  • U-Space Service Provider (USP)
  • Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP)
  • Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM)
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Security
  • Connectivity and communication
  • Scheduling
  • Medical logistics

Over the last years, a large series of test missions have been executed, that will continue both at the DronePort testing site as well as between hospitals from 4 different hospital groups in urban areas (Antwerp and Hasselt, Belgium) to validate those complex processes, procedures and technologies.  As more test flight missions are being added, the complexity of those flights is being increased.

The Helicus Aero Initiative is pioneering medical transportation by UAS.  Indeed, HAI significantly contributes to U-Space initiatives, defining the future of how unmanned traffic will be integrated with manned aviation and other unmanned traffic in a safe way.  We trust to jointly provide society with innovative, green and socially beneficial healthcare solutions.

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