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Airbus studies drone deliveries for medical supplies

Steve Rogerson
August 7, 2018

French aircraft maker Airbus and International SOS, a Singapore-based medical and security risk services company, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to study the viability of using drones to deliver medical cargo and supplies.
Under the agreement, Airbus will help define and install reliable aircraft or unmanned aerial medical cargo deliveries as part of International SOS’s MedSupply services. MedSupply deploys medical supplies, specialist medical care and equipment to meet the requirements of preventive health programme or in support of a medical emergency in urban as well as unfamiliar and remote locations. The studies will look into both urban-to-rural and ship-to-shore deliveries.
“We hope to develop a viable business partnership where we can assist International SOS with unmanned medical cargo delivery,” said Dirk Hoke (pictured left), chief executive officer at Airbus Defence & Space. “This means using our cutting edge technology to potentially save lives, and transform the medical and travel security industry.”
Airbus and International SOS will collaborate on safe, secure and enterprise drone delivery for hub-to-hub distribution of medical cargo, compliant with local regulatory bodies, as International SOS has global operations worldwide in emergency evacuation or medical resupplying.
“Bringing together the Airbus expertise in securing aerial deliveries, and our global infrastructure assisting clients worldwide, is a clear move towards a greater efficiency,” said Arnaud Vaissié (pictured right), CEO of International SOS. “We are always striving to provide our clients with excellent customer service and this innovative venture will enable us into look into furthering our capabilities and enhancing our service.”
Potential medical cargo delivery pilot cases are being explored in Singapore and Indonesia, and Airbus and International SOS will work with the local civil aviation and maritime authorities in both countries to develop these capabilities. If successful, this could be extended to International SOS operations globally.
Other potential areas of cooperation under the MoU include support for mobile hospitals, and space and satellite services.