Zipline drones begin on-demand healthcare deliveries in NC
Less than a week after it received Federal Aviation Administration Part 135 certification allowing it to operate in the US as a commercial airline, instant logistics specialist Zipline launched regular drone delivery service of medical supplies and prescriptions in North Carolina, in support of its three major healthcare partners.
San Francisco-based Zipline is operating that new US healthcare drone delivery activity out of its hub in Kannapolis, located about 25 miles northeast of Charlotte. From that center, the company will transport supplies and prescriptions to customers spread over a 7,800-square mile area. In some cases, Zipline says, those will get to clients in hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, or private businesses and homes within 15 minutes of ordering.
Zipline is operating that additional US drone delivery network with North Carolina-based Novant Health, Florida’s Magellan Rx Management, and Cardinal Health of Ohio. All three companies were…