The Super-Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood By Drone

  • Published: 25 January 2019
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Comments • 1 442

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   10 months back

    This video was filmed on-location in Rwanda along with Brian from Real Engineering and Joseph from Real Life Lore.

    Brian made a great video covering how these drones were developed and some more of the engineering aspects behind them:

    Joseph also made a great video about the huge ebola outbreak in Rwanda’s neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and how drones like the ones used in Rwanda could be used, on a conceptual level, to help fight epidemics like this one:

    • Pog
      Pog  4 months back

      in the last few seconds of the video it says suscription with an s instead of a b

  • erentar
    erentar  3 days back

    Thats bloody fast!

    • J K
      J K  2 weeks back

      Video glosses over the fact that this is a really dumb solution about the equivalent of deploying a heat seeking missile to kill a mosquito and billing dirt poor Rwandese for it. To put it in context Rwanda is about the size of Massachusetts and there is no area so remote that it isnt accessible by motor bike within two hours from an urban or semi urban area. The company Zipline that provides these drones is bunch of crooks scheming to steal donor funds and government funds from poor African countries with bone headed ideas like these!

      • John Smith
        John Smith  3 weeks back

        1,000,000 macheted  Tutsi never got to see this marvel of Rawandian civilization.

        • First Name Last Name
          First Name Last Name  3 weeks back

          all this talk about blood is making me thirsty

          • Team A.S.H
            Team A.S.H  4 weeks back

            Bruh i interviewed them in the 5th grade

            • itzBuffalo Gaming
              itzBuffalo Gaming  1 months back

              Drone: *delivers blood*
              Veins: *am i a joke to u!*

              • Nathan Stoman
                Nathan Stoman  1 months back

                Finally someone says Namibia correctly

                • Domonkos Keszei
                  Domonkos Keszei  1 months back

                  Surprised to see Chromebooks used at 10:17 but it makes sense as its much cheaper than other options.

                  • May Day Dreamer
                    May Day Dreamer  1 months back

                    Omg. This is sooooooo coooooool!

                    • Bryson Wiiley
                      Bryson Wiiley  1 months back

                      I can assure you 99.99 percent of EMS services are not doing blood transfusions in the field. The cost of blood and it’s very particular conditions needed to maintain all its normal properties are nearly impossible to maintain in an unstable environment such as an ambulance. Not to mention it would be enough to bankrupt the vast majority of EMS services.

                      • Gechi999
                        Gechi999  1 months back


                        • I’m Trash
                          I’m Trash  2 months back

                          I’ve seen ur face ha ha no need to face reveal

                          • Shakti Swarup Sarangi
                            Shakti Swarup Sarangi  2 months back

                            Wonderful video. Just want to add that FFP (Fresh Frozen Plasma) got a shelf life of one year.

                            • Mel Perry
                              Mel Perry  2 months back

                              a lot of speculation intermingled with few facts

                              • Sunny Boy
                                Sunny Boy  2 months back

                                If they can do this to save lives in the average salary is $720 a year what can the United States do with this simple technology. The United States and great Britain been doing this for years wow. We need to get out logistics together

                                • Joseph Sagastume
                                  Joseph Sagastume  2 months back

                                  What a great logistical system that he a lot of potential... great video 👌🏽

                                  • funkyleah
                                    funkyleah  3 months back

                                    This just puts developed countries like US to shame, not cause they don't need it but their technological advance haven't been towards the welfare of society, rather than pointless military when they already have the biggest.

                                    • m0b1s0n3
                                      m0b1s0n3  3 months back

                                      This is amazing! Developed countries use drones drones for war, satisfaction, and recreation. Developing countries use them to save lives. Amazing!

                                      • No Yes
                                        No Yes  3 months back

                                        Email, Text, Phone, Whatsapp, Discord, Team speak, Fax, Mail Missile, Messenger Pigeon, Paper Airplane, And Thought.

                                        • Davis Hatler
                                          Davis Hatler  3 months back

                                          Drones are so cool!

                                          • Sirop
                                            Sirop  3 months back

                                            Why am I watching this video I hate needles soooooobmich

                                            • The Architectural Gamer
                                              The Architectural Gamer  3 months back

                                              Holy shit this is fucking incredible

                                              • antsolja
                                                antsolja  3 months back

                                                ok thats cool as fuck i had no idea this was a thing

                                                • Qrafter 7113
                                                  Qrafter 7113  3 months back

                                                  What does one do with expired blood?

                                                  • o hello there
                                                    o hello there  3 months back

                                                    This made me restore faith in humanity again

                                                    • Therv_ Inho
                                                      Therv_ Inho  3 months back

                                                      Rwanda: we’ve got a health system that is way better than the USA

                                                      USA: oh yeah!! 😒
                                                      Then it’s time you learn some democracy

                                                      • Brick Life
                                                        Brick Life  3 months back

                                                        yum to drink if your a vampire

                                                        • Holy Hell
                                                          Holy Hell  3 months back

                                                          Well UK is a rich country as you said so they would have a lot more drones and drone bases to take off so it would be far more advanced system there why would they waste blood? If it's not necessary they can use it in cities where traffic is a problem

                                                          • tjoho tjohej
                                                            tjoho tjohej  4 months back

                                                            This is FREAKING AMAZING!!!

                                                            • Giải Trí 5.0
                                                              Giải Trí 5.0  4 months back


                                                              • Sartorius988
                                                                Sartorius988  4 months back

                                                                Finally a story about africa that isn't starving children and how poor they are.

                                                                • Werner T
                                                                  Werner T  4 months back

                                                                  Actual info starts at 05:00.

                                                                  • Chỉ Vì Chú
                                                                    Chỉ Vì Chú  4 months back

                                                                    this shit is awesome

                                                                    • george zacharia
                                                                      george zacharia  4 months back


                                                                      • Charlie G
                                                                        Charlie G  4 months back

                                                                        hey you can see my boat in the Plymouth bit ahahaha

                                                                        • Khayr Brother
                                                                          Khayr Brother  4 months back

                                                                          it's not easy the feeling of loosing someone to lack of blood
                                                                          i was there n it sucks more when u know there is blood but u need to drive 1+hour to get it

                                                                          • Stephen Wise
                                                                            Stephen Wise  4 months back

                                                                            No the average income is $35611.39

                                                                            • Yaccoby
                                                                              Yaccoby  4 months back

                                                                              I didn't know this existed.

                                                                              • LKNANML
                                                                                LKNANML  4 months back

                                                                                Amazon has a drone idea. These guys are already working with that idea. HUMM. JK That is awesome. These are the little steps nobody sees when new ideas hit the market and go big. Good vid.

                                                                                • Samuël Visser
                                                                                  Samuël Visser  4 months back

                                                                                  Sounds nice, but it does feel like you've uncritically taken over what they say. 'First, they inspect the drone for any damage' and you see the employees just looking around a bit. Really seems like an advertisement for the delivery company, not an honest video about the logistics behind it. Disappointed

                                                                                  • Deli
                                                                                    Deli  4 months back

                                                                                    My God! Amazing video!

                                                                                    • TechnoDelta
                                                                                      TechnoDelta  5 months back

                                                                                      that would be a fun job :D

                                                                                      • Sentinel Vortex
                                                                                        Sentinel Vortex  5 months back

                                                                                        Million dollar idea: Synthetic Blood with extended or even infinite shelf life

                                                                                        • lucascj
                                                                                          lucascj  5 months back

                                                                                          My jaw literally dropped when you showed how the flight operations work :O

                                                                                          • commanderbluy
                                                                                            commanderbluy  5 months back

                                                                                            I disagree that this drone solution is a bandage solution until transport infrastructure improves. I think this is a modern solution that even countries with transport infrastructure could implement.

                                                                                            As per your UK example, surely these drones could deliver Blood products father than trucks and prevent the need for medical stockpiles and waste of precious blood resources.

                                                                                            • Phil Robinson
                                                                                              Phil Robinson  5 months back

                                                                                              Is there any chance of the insane logistics of everest video coming back?

                                                                                              • Astigmatisme
                                                                                                Astigmatisme  5 months back

                                                                                                when some random african country has better healthcare system that america