Stoney Nakoda Nation picked as testing site for drone delivery

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The pilot launched on June 25th testing out a swiss drone to deliver viral live test swabs to urban centers

The Stoney Nakoda Nation has been chosen as a testing site for a pilot project between the University of Calgary and SAIT to fly live viral test kits from rural and isolated areas to urban centres.

The team leads have already used the Swiss drone to pilot remote ultrasound administration, where an ultrasound device is delivered to a physician via drone and administrated with the help of a Zoom call on a smartphone.

The Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS) drone stands at one metre tall and about three metres wide, it can carry up to 45 kilograms and has a jet turbine engine. 

The tests on Thursday saw the drone fly from the Morley townsite to Ghost Resevoir and back with the end goal to one day fly the drone to Calgary.

Using Morely as the first test site, the group plans to expand the project to the rest of the Nation going to Eden Valley located further south, near Longview and Foothills County.

 

 

 

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