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The Super-Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood By Drone

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Wendover Productions (2 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
Michał Prądzyński (1 month ago)
LMP3 (2 days ago)
Blacks acting civilised, you can teach a dog new tricks.
Alex Calihua (3 days 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 (4 days ago)
This is actually crazy. Other nations should take inspiration from Zipline and set up their own drone delivery systems too!
sErgEantaEgis12 (5 days ago)
I'm really eager to watch how Rwanda will develop in the coming years.
Murica Freedom (9 days ago)
911: What’s your emergency Me: A DRONE STOLE MY BLOOD 911:*Hangs up*
kaushik ghosh (13 days ago)
What's the return policy on the delivery?
Paul Simpson (15 days 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 (17 days ago)
How does this not have more views?
Jake H (18 days ago)
zipline is an american company btw
vamsidhar reddy (18 days 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 (19 days ago)
isn't these drones just high teck RC Planes that have a flight path
Jacksirrom (20 days ago)
Meanwhile, the USA still doesn't guarantee healthcare to all its citizens. Shameful. #Medicare4All
CreeperBot 793 (20 days ago)
Wakanda forever
TheVideoIsTheKing (23 days ago)
So a real life D.O.C drone? EA is probably gonna sue the entire country of Rwanda now.
Kim Jong Un (27 days ago)
Thanks, this video really helped with my homework
Joseph Stalin (1 month ago)
weird to think that rich countries don't have this yet while rwanda does
yarnel andale lewis (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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
Criminal Mushrooms (1 month ago)
Very Interesting Operation! Good Job @Wendover Productions
All Roads Lead Here (1 month ago)
But what if you broke
GiggitySam Entz (1 month ago)
5:17 Ha ha ha ha! I had never thought about the pumping of bubble wrap XD
ninejot (1 month ago)
One of your best videos
Aditya Dandwate (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
*What do they do with all the stale blood???*
KubeckDK (1 month ago)
That's so cool! I had no idea that existed 😱
Veronica Ramos (1 month ago)
I think this has been my favorite Wendover Productions video so far!
Ryan Laske (1 month ago)
Great Video, amazing innovation, fascinating topic
Atta Rasheed (1 month ago)
Sam, you're an inspiration. Thanks
Andrew Weisser (1 month ago)
Malacki 655 (1 month ago)
It’s nice to see how far Rwanda has come since the genocide, I hope the keep up the good work.
Andy McKee (1 month ago)
Don’t tell Real Engineering but I think you made a better job with this video.
Planecest (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Seriously a bloody topic!
Titanic Big boat (1 month 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
Titanic Big boat (1 month ago)
Do Uganda next
Titanic Big boat (1 month ago)
Rhonda it’s incredible to see that they haven’t gone to corrupt like the rest of Africa
Caleb Preister (1 month ago)
I think your introduction is too long. It took over 4 minutes to talk about what the title mentions and that is what I wanted to hear/see in the beginning. Your video is great otherwise though, I just don't want my time wasted by listening to information not mentioned in the title, it wasn't necessary. Not to be a jerk but it would be very nice to see a change in that
Dorifto Kingu! (1 month ago)
This is awesome! Very glad these guys are doing this, respect.
Doubtful Guest (1 month ago)
9:32 I thought I was tripping or having a stroke or something. Had to rewind to make sure.
saul g hernandez (1 month ago)
The Z in Zipline is two drones flying in different directions
40Kfrog (1 month ago)
Their operation is amazing! I feel an incredible sense of shame that my county, rich as we are, is still ages behind them.
TheHylianJuggalo (1 month ago)
AIDS airstrikes. I can see it now.
Šimon Macháček (1 month ago)
"Life expectancy in Rwanda is higher because of state operated health care system." You got any proof for that?
Michael (1 month ago)
So cool!
movax20h (1 month ago)
They are already building a second site in Kayonza, Rwanda, and should be open in few months from now.
movax20h (1 month ago)
Amazing. Not an experiment, but something that actually works, both as a business and improves logistic significantly compared to other methods. I wonder what data communication system they use to operate the drone? Cell network? Direct radio communication from the base? Satelite? I guess it is a cell system, because they only really need to communicate with a drone when they are close to the destination. Rwanda has 98% cell coverage by population, and 95% of 4G network, but again that is population, so this will be limited to cities and dense areas. In terms of coverage they are about 80%, and some significant areas where there is essentially no signal at all (on ground). Sure, flying high and with higher power transmitter and sensitive receiver they maybe could still have a good coverage everywhere, but I am not so sure. And if they fall from the sky between cities some other methods can be used to find it (directional radiolocation maybe). PS. It might be actually a mesh network (drone to drone relayes), or direct radio communication (Rwanda is pretty small so single tall central radio tower could communicate with all of them if needed).
Miner 2049er (1 month ago)
Did I miss the explanation why east Rwanda is a dead zone of operations? Also a genocide of 800k people is brushed off as just a silly thing in the past.
Powertampa (1 month ago)
As someone who hates needles and has issues seeing blood this was mildly disturbing, still interesting, but it got a bit uncomfortable at times. You know "Contains blood" or similar stickers do exist for a reason, just a suggestion for next time.
john hand (1 month ago)
Rwanda is doing this thing ahead of rich countries
OffLeashIG (1 month ago)
What a great video! amazing job Rwanda!
Ur boi (1 month ago)
Just change your name to ilikeplanes already. (I will admit I got this comment off of another video but it’s true.)
Thulansan Manivannan (1 month ago)
ngl this is cool af
Robert McDaniel (1 month ago)
That’s really fucking cool!
Dakota Thompson (1 month ago)
Delivering blood via V1 flying bomb
Freedom Of Speech (1 month ago)
Universal healthcare? Corruption incoming in 3...2...1...
yoman21a (1 month ago)
Sophie must hear about this right away
Nealikus (1 month ago)
Hey I doubt you'll see this, but I would love to see a video of the logistics behind grounding every plane on 9/11. Surely it would be a momentous effort to find routes, available runways, etc for that all. Anyway, love the Vids
Zé Maria Gonçalves Pereira (1 month ago)
man, watching this video stoned was one of the weirdest things in my life ever.
Zé Maria Gonçalves Pereira (1 month ago)
no, really I just finished it. Far out.
Jack Bryant (1 month ago)
Heard about this on BBC podcast 'The Documentary' - they are doing the same in Tanzania. Check it out
Zack Wagner (1 month ago)
this is incredible
Avery Mitchell (1 month ago)
woah zipline is SO AWESOME good on you Rwanda
Aaron G (1 month ago)
Lets Get . This. Blood.
Vitor GJ (1 month ago)
THIS IS UNBELIAVABLE!!! Huge congratulations for zipline for this service
skeptic moderate (1 month ago)
This is insanely cool.
Hacer (1 month ago)
Noticed your video was stolen by Bright side. Your channel deserves much more and your videos are top notch. I've blocked brightside and subbed to you
Gary Dose (1 month ago)
Incredible system. It's good to see that different countries are using different approaches to problems that more closely work with their conditions rather than taking a cookie cutter western plan and blindly adapting it to their situation, when alternatives exist that may work better for them.
Abdullah Rahman (1 month ago)
Can you shoot specialists in drone to rural areas?
Alaskaman279 (1 month ago)
Rawanda has and average income of $20,785 and the U.K. Has an income of $32,000 in US currency no much difference
SpaceInternational - (1 month ago)
This technology must be applied in Indonesia
Thiago Araujo (1 month ago)
that's impressive, really cool idea!
Harun Suaidi (1 month ago)
The most surprising thing for me is the fact they use wires to catch the drone. Amazing level of precision.
Jamie Smith (1 month ago)
Great video!!!
Matt JT (1 month ago)
Absolutely fantastic by Rwanda & Zipline
jane doe (1 month ago)
One of the poorest countries can do universal healthcare, but the richest country refuses... weak.
Reece Frost (1 month ago)
This kind of innovation is really nice to see. I am absolutely amazed by this small operation as it works so well but still has so much room to grow. Hats of to Rwanda, very very nice.
MajorNL (1 month ago)
I really love this CO-OP youtube series. super nice! (PLEASE CONTINUE THEM!!!)
Sabz Khumalo (1 month ago)
Point of correction, there are other reasons why far southern African countries have a lower life expectancy. It's not due to no universal health care, but overburden healthcare system.
Honk Honk (1 month ago)
meanwhile in the west, were confused about our gender
Pietro Michelangeli (1 month ago)
When the rope system catched the drone my jam dropped. Thank you for bringing this video, it was interesting and brilliantly done 😉
social tale (1 month ago)
Make video on plane and train those are more interesting than others well wendover video is always good but like to see train and plane more
social tale (1 month ago)
Make some more videos on high speed train
social tale (1 month ago)
Make an interesting video like this on Bangladesh
othername1000 (1 month ago)
There is no way that blood transfusion is the number one procedure performed in a hospital. For example, without looking up numbers I think venipunctures far outpace blood transfusions. In fact looking at the chart at 0:19 it's titled hospital stays per procedure in the US. Most common procedures don't require a hospital stay. And it certainly doesn't give us any information on what the most common procedure in a hospital is. Most of us, even with serious injuries or illness, have had many things done to us in a hospital- sometimes repeatedly, yet few of us have required a blood transfusion.
nope ropes ain’t real sorry (1 month ago)
this isn’t in more developed countries? I guess in something like the Netherlands or Belgium might fit; it is a real good concept!
Misha C (1 month ago)
I feel like a lot of drone plans were just memes but this is actually very well thought out and innovative, and simple! Love that catapult, a perfect solution.
Chland (1 month ago)
Man, I can't watch this. I cringe every time I hear the word blood.
Acid Raīn Forest (1 month ago)
Rwanda is a shithole because it's not full of Europeans. Economic explanations for racial differences are fake and gay.
jordana309 (1 month ago)
This is one of the most inspiring stories of innovation to save lives that I have ever heard! My senior project was designing a UAS (unmanned aerial system) to do recon and deliveries like this, but when I went to try to expand and develop it into a product, I was told that it just isn't possible due to current laws in the country where I live. For something like this to happen anywhere, you need the cooperation of multiple stakeholders, including government, military, and commercial air traffic. Way to show up the rest of the world, Rwanda. I hope this stunning success sparks other nations to innovate to save lives!
Abraham Zheng (1 month ago)
can you please do a video about duty free shopping?
Chris Hansen (1 month ago)
need more bass in your voice!
T EA (1 month ago)
Yoooo yoooo this shit is amazing
Tim Sneed (1 month ago)
Can you disclose who paid for this?
I'm just stopping by (1 month ago)
The Rwandan government
Taylor Fauley (1 month ago)
This channel is like brain porn.
Georgia Burrows (1 month ago)
Wendover calling my city small, we're the 7th biggest in the UK smh. Southerners'll get feisty if you piss em off, be careful lmao
Raagav Nakarjun (1 month ago)
you guys must do a collab with geography now.
Itachi Uchiha (1 month ago)
I find it odd when he aint sponsored by brilliant
Fekillix (1 month ago)
Actually astonishing
Iron bolt (1 month ago)
Rwanda is secretly Wakanda. Rwakanda is real