The Super-Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood By Drone

  • Published: 25 January 2019
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Comments • 1 437

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   8 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  2 months back

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

  • Shakti Swarup Sarangi
    Shakti Swarup Sarangi  3 days back

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

    • Mel Perry
      Mel Perry  3 days back

      a lot of speculation intermingled with few facts

      • Sunny Boy
        Sunny Boy  2 weeks 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 weeks back

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

          • funkyleah
            funkyleah  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

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

              • No
                No  4 weeks back

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

                • Davis Hatler
                  Davis Hatler  1 months back

                  Drones are so cool!

                  • Sirop
                    Sirop  1 months back

                    Why am I watching this video I hate needles soooooobmich

                    • The Architectural Gamer
                      The Architectural Gamer  1 months back

                      Holy shit this is fucking incredible

                      • antsolja
                        antsolja  1 months back

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

                        • MWB Gaming
                          MWB Gaming  1 months back

                          Rwanda (a 3rd world country) can afford universal healthcare

                          What's America's excuse?

                          • Qrafter 7113
                            Qrafter 7113  1 months back

                            What does one do with expired blood?

                            • o hello there
                              o hello there  1 months back

                              This made me restore faith in humanity again

                              • Therv_ Inho
                                Therv_ Inho  1 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  1 months back

                                  yum to drink if your a vampire

                                  • Holy Hell
                                    Holy Hell  2 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  2 months back

                                      This is FREAKING AMAZING!!!

                                      • Giải Trí 5.0
                                        Giải Trí 5.0  2 months back


                                        • Sartorius988
                                          Sartorius988  2 months back

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

                                          • Werner T
                                            Werner T  2 months back

                                            Actual info starts at 05:00.

                                            • Chỉ Vì Chú
                                              Chỉ Vì Chú  2 months back

                                              this shit is awesome

                                              • george zacharia
                                                george zacharia  2 months back


                                                • Charlie G
                                                  Charlie G  2 months back

                                                  hey you can see my boat in the Plymouth bit ahahaha

                                                  • Khayr Brother
                                                    Khayr Brother  2 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  2 months back

                                                      No the average income is $35611.39

                                                      • Yaccoby
                                                        Yaccoby  2 months back

                                                        I didn't know this existed.

                                                        • LKNANML
                                                          LKNANML  2 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  2 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  3 months back

                                                              My God! Amazing video!

                                                              • TechnoDelta
                                                                TechnoDelta  3 months back

                                                                that would be a fun job :D

                                                                • Sentinel Vortex
                                                                  Sentinel Vortex  3 months back

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

                                                                  • lucascj
                                                                    lucascj  3 months back

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

                                                                    • commanderbluy
                                                                      commanderbluy  3 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  4 months back

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

                                                                        • Astigmatisme
                                                                          Astigmatisme  4 months back

                                                                          when some random african country has better healthcare system that america

                                                                          • Devin Crum
                                                                            Devin Crum  4 months back

                                                                            Dude. How do i get a job like this? That was so amazing. I would love to work transporting blood with drones.

                                                                            • WaxestLowa732 R
                                                                              WaxestLowa732 R  4 months back


                                                                              • Matthew Yerby
                                                                                Matthew Yerby  4 months back

                                                                                Imagine the drone crashes and blood spills everywhere

                                                                                • Matthew Yerby
                                                                                  Matthew Yerby  4 months back

                                                                                  If Rwanda can do it we can do it what the hell

                                                                                  • The Computer
                                                                                    The Computer  4 months back

                                                                                    Everytime you upload my IQ increases

                                                                                    • Pekza Success
                                                                                      Pekza Success  4 months back

                                                                                      This is amazing

                                                                                      • Long Dingdong
                                                                                        Long Dingdong  4 months back


                                                                                        • Michael O'Bryan
                                                                                          Michael O'Bryan  4 months back

                                                                                          Incredible documentary on this crucial element of health care. Nice work as usual, Wendover!

                                                                                          • Jonathan Fritz
                                                                                            Jonathan Fritz  4 months back

                                                                                            Definitely not EMTs in California. Where I live you can't even initiate CPAP.

                                                                                            • Lbsnaa Lost
                                                                                              Lbsnaa Lost  4 months back

                                                                                              Hey the drone is here
                                                                                              Drops package
                                                                                              Gets stuck on tree...

                                                                                              • Benjamin Pattison
                                                                                                Benjamin Pattison  5 months back

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