Medical drone delivery specialist Zipline is finally ready to expand operations in its home country. The company is looking at a spring 2022 timeline to begin supplying medicine and healthcare equipment to homes in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Zipline is a San Francisco-based drone delivery startup that has been serving rural communities in African nations since 2016.

In the US, however, Zipline made its first medical drone delivery only in May 2020, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to Novant Health Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of a limited-permission pilot program.

Now, for its planned backyard drone deliveries in Salt Lake City, Zipline has signed a service agreement with Utah-based not-for-profit medical group Intermountain Healthcare, Bloomberg reports.

The first deliveries are being mapped out for the spring of 2022, with the company expecting to reach hundreds of patients per day within four years of launching the drone…