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NRW researches transport drones

The research project KODRONA Siegen examines medical care with drones in inner-city areas.

Based on two hospital locations that are connected by an air route, KODRONA (cooperative drone technology and applications for medical care) is conducting research into the use of unmanned drones in the medical sector. The approximately 2.5-kilometer-long test track is to be built between the DRK Children's Hospital and the Siegen District Hospital. The aim is to optimize the exchange of around 50 laboratory samples that are taken every day.

"We would like to use the model project to better understand what can be done here on site in order to ensure that unmanned air transport of medical material in urban areas is possible," explains project manager Dominik Eichbaum, Economic Development Department of the City of Siegen. The first step is to develop a prototype of a transport drone that complies with aviation and medical legal stipulations. A first test flight will then take place on a collision-free route.

Participants in the KODRONA project are the city and the University of Siegen, the clinic group "Versorgung neu Denken" (rethinking care) as well as the Siegen technology partners Microdrones and Guntermann und Drunck. The model project has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to the tune of 435,000 euros.