Written by: Michael Scheibenreif, PhD

An aviation milestone was achieved last week in Malawi, as a team from Virginia Tech supervised a fully autonomous, 19 km simulated drug delivery flight in a drone designed at Virginia Tech and built by Malawian students. The aircraft, called EcoSoar, was designed at the Unmanned Systems Lab to be fabricated and operated locally in Malawi for remote medicine delivery and remote sensing purposes.

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The flight testing occurred at the drone testing corridor in Kasungu, opened by the Government of Malawi and UNICEF in June, 2017 to explore drone applications in emergency medical supply delivery…

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