Zipline begins safety-testing new high-performance drones

Zipline has begun safety tests on its high-performance drones in readiness for opening its third and fourth distribution centres.

Since launching in Ghana, Zipline has safely delivered over 20,000 units of blood, vaccines and critical medicines to patients in need at more than 350 health facilities over the course of more than 4,000 flights from our distribution centres in Omenako and Mpanya.

Over the next four months, we’ll be opening our third and fourth distribution centres at Vobsi in the North East Region and Sefwi Wiaso in the Western Region as we expand to serve close to 2,000 health facilities.

A key part of what will allow us to make that expansion possible, and serve even more patients in need across the country, is deploying a brand-new generation of drones which fly further, faster and can carry more medicine.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be testing the flight safety features of the new drone, which includes the parachute-landing system, before the aircraft enters full service. Yesterday, we successfully conducted just such a test from our Mpanya Centre.

The parachute-landing feature allows our plane to safely land in the event of things like unexpected bad weather, or emergency requests from air traffic control.

So, if you see one of our drones making a parachute-landing, know that it is an important part of what makes Zipline the safest and most reliable instant drone delivery service in the world.

Safety is our top priority, and that’s why we have built it into everything we do. Serving patients in Ghana is a tremendous honour, and we are humbled by the opportunity to help improve the lives of people across the country.

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