The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved two feasibility studies for delivering Covid-19 vaccines by drone.
The Authority has permitted the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur to study if it is feasible to deliver Covid-19 vaccines by drones. The study will be carried out on the IIT campus. The IIT is on the cutting edge of Indian drone technology and is best known for its development of a drone helicopter.
The drone can be used for both long-endurance surveillance and vaccine distribution. With a capacity to carry weight up to 5 kg, the helicopter is able to cover a distance of 50 km. As the weight reduces, this can be increased to 100 km.
The DGCA has also approved the standard operating procedure of Telangana government doing a feasibility study for delivering vaccines by drone under line of sight conditions.