ISRO ties up with Garuda Aerospace for various drone delivery operations

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has endeavoured to employ drone-based distribution of medicines and food at ISRO’s residential colony located in Sullurpeta town, Andhra Pradesh. 

The progress comes after ISRO officials perceive Chennai-based Garuda Aerospace’s drones being cast-off to deliver medicines to Bengaluru’s hospitals. Three ‘White Knight’ drones- put together by Garuda Aerospace- were stationed in the trials, enlightened the company.

As stated in a report by Hindu Businessline, ISRO officials have commended the tests and are recognizing a full-scale accomplishment of the drones “for several other purposes”.

“ISRO wanted us to start trials of drone-based delivery of medicines, various essentials and spraying of disinfectants at its staff quarters near the rocket launch station in Sriharikota. We did it successfully by establishing three White Knight drones on Wednesday,” Jayaprakash, Co-founder of Garuda Aerospace, told the BusinessLine.

“While we have 200 Covid-positive cases in the entire colony, this marked colony where the trials were organized  has around 40-45 quarantined houses,” stated an official from ISRO.

“We saw the article on White Knight drones being stationed at hopsitals in Bengaluru, and got in touch with Garuda Aerospace. We have 3 residential housing colonies with 2,000 houses in Sullurpeta, A.P. and the assessments were conducted in one of the housing colonies with 600 houses,” said an ISRO official stated in the report.

Established in 2015 by Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Garuda Aerospace is a Chennai-based DaaS(Drone-as-a-Service) startup that builds and customizes drones for multiple purposes. Garuda’s drones have been stationed in several calamity rescue operations in the country. In 2020, the company’s drones carried out sanitization actions in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral constituency, Varanasi.

The government of India has disposed of $15 million to the company for tackling Covid-19. The startup had also accommodated the government in fighting the locust swarms that entered Delhi in June 2020.
 
Several state governments have put together the use of drones to provide contactless delivery of requisite medicines and other life-saving artifacts in affected areas.  Despite the demand of numerous e-commerce and food delivery companies, the government has not permitted the utilization of drones for commercial purposes by private sector companies in India.

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