Forget your Amazon package arriving beneath a drone: In Rwanda this summer, urgent deliveries of blood and drugs will be dropped by drones to help save lives.
ABC News reports that a company called Zipline International showed off the delivery service in San Francisco over the weekend. It will use lightweight fixed-wing drones to drop supplies in Rwanda as soon as July. The electric drones can reportedly fly a 75 mile round trip, using GPS to navigate.
Payloads—which can weigh up to 1.58kg—are dropped with a biodegradable parachute attached. The company claims that the short journey times, of around 30 minutes, mean the supplies don’t need to be refrigerated along the way.