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First long-range medical flight completed

Ever since we started Aviant in the labs of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we have been determined to revolutionize medical transportation with autonomous drones. In barely six months, we have evolved from building home-made drones to operating and developing commercial UAV systems for St. Olavs Hospital, the biggest hospital in central Norway.

The DeltaQuad drone has a range of 150 km and can carry biological samples weighing up to 1.2kg. The drone has a range of 150 km and can carry payloads up to 1.2kg.

However, flying drones in Norway is no trivial task. The weather is harsh, the topography is complex, and the distances are large. If you want to fly in Norway, you need to handle all these challenges. That is why we set out on the technically challenging task of flying from the hospital at Røros to Trondheim, which is the main hub of St. Olavs. Røros is famous for breaking records for the lowest temperatures in Norway, and to reach Trondheim we would have to pass tall mountains and deep valleys. If we can overcome these challenges, then we will be able to operate nearly anywhere in the North.

The DeltaQuad drone landing after a successful flight, showing that medical drone delivery between distant hospitals is possible. After 120 kilometers of flight in strong winds, the drone reached its destination.

After months of planning and several hundred kilometers of flight testing, the first flight from Røros to Trondheim was finally completed. And we did it in one of the coldest months of the year. The flight is first of its kind, and it proves that long-range medical transportation is possible, even in a northern climate. We will now begin tackling the medical problems of our time. There are certainly enough of them.