I just watched a short interview on Squawk Box with the CEO of Zipline, Keller Rinaudo who is using drones to deliver medicine in Africa and soon North Carolina. Truly impressive mission and operation. They are making an important difference in the world using drones.
Zipline was created in 2014 to deliver medicine to those who need it most. Since then, they have built the world’s fastest and most reliable delivery drone, the world’s largest autonomous logistics network, and a truly amazing team.
Zipline’s mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies.
Today, too many people are underserved by last century’s limited solutions: trucks, trains, and washed-out roads. Zipline leap-frogs these outdated solutions with a cost-effective drone delivery network, revolutionizing access to healthcare.
In April 2019, Zipline opened their first distribution center in Ghana, a west African democracy of 29 million people. In the first half of this year, they are expanding to provide most of the country’s population with access to any medical products they need, with four distribution centers spanning from the dense southern regions surrounding Ghana’s capital, Accra, to the remote and arid north of the country.
The drones are electric. They are launched with a catapult ramp.
Zipline designs and tests their technology in Half Moon Bay, California. They assemble the drones and the technology that powers their distribution centers in South San Francisco. They perform extensive flight testing in Davis, California. They operate distribution centers around the planet with teams of local operators.
They were on Squawk Box because they were named to the Disruptor 50 list for the second time.
No question this is going to happen around the world.
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