UK Will Use Drones to Deliver Covid-19 Tests to Scotland’s Western Isles

The U.K. will use drones to deliver coronavirus testing kits to remote parts of Scotland, including islands off its west coast.

Drone delivery company Skyports Ltd., based in London, is working with the National Health Service to deliver the tests and other medical supplies from a hospital on the Argyll and Bute mainland, the U.K. Space Agency said on Friday in a statement…

The sector “is stepping up to provide innovative solutions to directly support our amazing NHS, as we continue our national effort tackling coronavirus,” Science Minister Amanda Solloway said in a statement.

The most important regulatory change which permits this venture into timely response has been removing the requirement for drones to always be visible line-of-sight by the operator. Someone finally noticed you can track drones on radar, I guess.

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