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The Super-Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood By Drone

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Wendover Productions (7 months ago)
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: https://youtu.be/jEbRVNxL44c 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: https://youtu.be/2AvtbRndNxk
Pog (2 months ago)
in the last few seconds of the video it says suscription with an s instead of a b
Shakti Swarup Sarangi (6 days ago)
Wonderful video. Just want to add that FFP (Fresh Frozen Plasma) got a shelf life of one year.
Mel Perry (7 days ago)
a lot of speculation intermingled with few facts
Sunny Boy (17 days ago)
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 (19 days ago)
What a great logistical system that he a lot of potential... great video 👌🏽
funkyleah (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
This is amazing! Developed countries use drones drones for war, satisfaction, and recreation. Developing countries use them to save lives. Amazing!
No (1 month ago)
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Davis Hatler (1 month ago)
Drones are so cool!
Sirop (1 month ago)
Why am I watching this video I hate needles soooooobmich
The Architectural Gamer (1 month ago)
Holy shit this is fucking incredible
antsolja (1 month ago)
ok thats cool as fuck i had no idea this was a thing
MWB Gaming (1 month ago)
Rwanda (a 3rd world country) can afford universal healthcare What's America's excuse?
Qrafter 7113 (1 month ago)
What does one do with expired blood?
o hello there (1 month ago)
This made me restore faith in humanity again
Therv_ Inho (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
yum to drink if your a vampire
Holy Hell (1 month ago)
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 (1 month ago)
Giải Trí 5.0 (1 month ago)
Sartorius988 (1 month ago)
Finally a story about africa that isn't starving children and how poor they are.
Werner T (1 month ago)
Actual info starts at 05:00.
Chỉ Vì Chú (1 month ago)
this shit is awesome
george zacharia (2 months ago)
Charlie G (2 months ago)
hey you can see my boat in the Plymouth bit ahahaha
Khayr Brother (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
No the average income is $35611.39
Yaccoby (2 months ago)
I didn't know this existed.
LKNANML (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
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 (2 months ago)
My God! Amazing video!
TechnoDelta (2 months ago)
that would be a fun job :D
Sentinel Vortex (3 months ago)
Million dollar idea: Synthetic Blood with extended or even infinite shelf life
lucascj (3 months ago)
My jaw literally dropped when you showed how the flight operations work :O
commanderbluy (3 months ago)
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 (3 months ago)
Is there any chance of the insane logistics of everest video coming back?
Astigmatisme (3 months ago)
when some random african country has better healthcare system that america
Devin Crum (3 months ago)
Dude. How do i get a job like this? That was so amazing. I would love to work transporting blood with drones.
WaxestLowa732 R (3 months ago)
Matthew Yerby (3 months ago)
Imagine the drone crashes and blood spills everywhere
Matthew Yerby (3 months ago)
If Rwanda can do it we can do it what the hell
The Computer (4 months ago)
Everytime you upload my IQ increases
Pekza Success (4 months ago)
This is amazing
Long Dingdong (4 months ago)
Michael O'Bryan (4 months ago)
Incredible documentary on this crucial element of health care. Nice work as usual, Wendover!
Jonathan Fritz (4 months ago)
Definitely not EMTs in California. Where I live you can't even initiate CPAP.
Lbsnaa Lost (4 months ago)
Hey the drone is here Drops package Gets stuck on tree... Damm
Benjamin Pattison (4 months ago)
247 Jehovah's Witnesses disliked this video.
Mckenzie Welsh (4 months ago)
In the U.K. we just cycle it over
magellanmax (4 months ago)
This would be a sweet delivery system if you ordered weed for your party.
umesh Sonune (4 months ago)
Good video. This can be used in Japan which has natural disasters time to time..
robinvannoor (4 months ago)
I am very close to crying. A small country (in size) can overcome one of the horrific genocides in the world and be one of the leaders of the continent now. And here we are, Somalis, unable to fix our issues. We cannot even make our capital save. We have no oil, gold, nor any natural resource to fight over. We are one race, one religion, one language. I don't know honestly what and why we are fighting over. Majority of the Somalis want peace and progression but we have had horrible, selfish rulers who are here to just collect millions without care in the world for their country and their people. Forgive me for being emotional but when I hear the success of Rwanda (and I am proud for them) I cannot help but think of my country - What Can I do to be the change I want?
Spookay T'is Me (5 months ago)
It's amazing that a country like this is skipping over certain types of technology altogether and are pushing into the information technology space as fast as it find a use for some kinds of advanced services
Spookay T'is Me (5 months ago)
Rwanda has Universal HealthCare? I didn't know that ... Better than the US ideal
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Holly Cost (5 months ago)
💪🏼 DRwanda
The Puncakian (5 months ago)
Bloody drones...
Alex Smith (5 months ago)
First time the healthcare benefitted from private industry.
george baker (5 months ago)
Hat _ (5 months ago)
Thats not true for the fallout universe. 200 years later, blood bags are still good to use.
Brody Graham (5 months ago)
Skynet now has an air force
Chube TheNoob (5 months ago)
but how would the drone fly in heavy rain season?
KramChay Dig (5 months ago)
said it can handle "severe" rain
Mason Silvers (5 months ago)
1littlelee (5 months ago)
there is also anotheer facility in eastern rwnada also now
Andy Madden (5 months ago)
03:03 Apparently it's fine to use US dollars for something in England.
LMP3 (5 months ago)
Blacks acting civilised, you can teach a dog new tricks.
Alex2cg (6 months ago)
There is a little problem and there is an error that should be fixed, the shelf life for frozen plasma is 1 year and thawed plasma is ~1 day. The video shows the shelf life for thawed plasma, not frozen plasma, and the shelf life for plasma is not necessarily a problem because it has a long shelf life when frozen, the shelf life for frozen plasma should at least be added.
ThrillWill 75 (6 months ago)
This is actually crazy. Other nations should take inspiration from Zipline and set up their own drone delivery systems too!
sErgEantaEgis12 (6 months ago)
I'm really eager to watch how Rwanda will develop in the coming years.
Bomb Liechtenstein (6 months ago)
911: What’s your emergency Me: A DRONE STOLE MY BLOOD 911:*Hangs up*
kaushik ghosh (6 months ago)
What's the return policy on the delivery?
Paul Simpson (6 months ago)
My bullshit detector was flashing bright red throughout most of this video. If this is so amazing why isn't it happening everywhere?
Paul Baum (6 months ago)
How does this not have more views?
Jake H (6 months ago)
zipline is an american company btw
Vince M (5 months ago)
IKEA is swedish...who cares?
vamsidhar reddy (6 months ago)
Well the idea is amazing and its give me a immense pleasure that technolgy is solving the real life problems But i have one doubt 1)even the blood is needed in rural areas but the blood will ve tramsufed only by tier 1 hospitals Isn't that sad tier 1 hospitals are not connected with necessary road facilities Is that type of service can be applied in countries like india
Niklas Molin (6 months ago)
isn't these drones just high teck RC Planes that have a flight path
Jacksirrom (6 months ago)
Meanwhile, the USA still doesn't guarantee healthcare to all its citizens. Shameful. #Medicare4All
CreeperBot 793 (6 months ago)
Wakanda forever
TheVideoIsTheKing (6 months ago)
So a real life D.O.C drone? EA is probably gonna sue the entire country of Rwanda now.
Kim Jong Un (6 months ago)
Thanks, this video really helped with my homework
Joseph Stalin (6 months ago)
weird to think that rich countries don't have this yet while rwanda does
James Lewis (6 months ago)
Wow! Outstanding. Once again you have shown me something that amazes me, makes me smile AND gives me more hope for the future enhanced by companies/tech/people outside the box.
Samuel Sann (6 months ago)
Dude come on, USA already has the biggest drones delivery system that's ready to delivery almost worldwide at any time. But instead of blood, it deliveries Bombs. It can spy on some problematic Countries as well.
Madame Muffin (6 months ago)
Ya know what would be cool? If they could basically set up 2 semi container to be mobile launch and recovery platforms. So that they can go almost anywhere and set up for low cost to get closer to places that are not economical to set up a main base for, or for easier disaster relief, especially in areas that have not received a base yet
dizzi_d (6 months ago)
Very Interesting Operation! Good Job @Wendover Productions
All Roads Lead Here (7 months ago)
But what if you broke
GiggitySam Entz (7 months ago)
5:17 Ha ha ha ha! I had never thought about the pumping of bubble wrap XD
ninejot (7 months ago)
One of your best videos
Aditya Dandwate (7 months ago)
Did he just show good images of the country? when they show India, they manage to make it look as poor and filthy as possible.
Dollar Menu (7 months ago)
*What do they do with all the stale blood???*
KubeckDK (7 months ago)
That's so cool! I had no idea that existed 😱
Veronica Ramos (7 months ago)
I think this has been my favorite Wendover Productions video so far!
Ryan Laske (7 months ago)
Great Video, amazing innovation, fascinating topic
Atta Rasheed (7 months ago)
Sam, you're an inspiration. Thanks
Najier Patel (7 months ago)
Malacki 655 (7 months ago)
It’s nice to see how far Rwanda has come since the genocide, I hope the keep up the good work.
Andy McKee (7 months ago)
Don’t tell Real Engineering but I think you made a better job with this video.
Planecest (7 months ago)
You and Real Engineering has the same picture for the thumbnail (but the stuff on it is different) and the topic is somewhat similar. What a coincidence.
Vspeed1000 (7 months ago)
Seriously a bloody topic!
Titanic Big boat (7 months ago)
I know this is like my third comment but I have an idea maybe if they add a little bit more batteries or maybe even add more planes they could have a long range plans I can go from like a base in Uganda to like a base in Sudan