The Super-Fast Logistics of Delivering Blood By Drone

  • Published: 25 January 2019
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Comments • 1 442

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   9 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  3 months back

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

  • itzBuffalo Gaming
    itzBuffalo Gaming  2 days back

    Drone: *delivers blood*
    Veins: *am i a joke to u!*

    • Nathan Stoman
      Nathan Stoman  3 days back

      Finally someone says Namibia correctly

      • Domonkos Keszei
        Domonkos Keszei  3 days back

        Surprised to see Chromebooks used at 10:17 but it makes sense as its much cheaper than other options.

        • May Day Dreamer
          May Day Dreamer  6 days back

          Omg. This is sooooooo coooooool!

          • Bryson Wiiley
            Bryson Wiiley  1 weeks back

            I can assure you 99.99 percent of EMS services are not doing blood transfusions in the field. The cost of blood and it’s very particular conditions needed to maintain all its normal properties are nearly impossible to maintain in an unstable environment such as an ambulance. Not to mention it would be enough to bankrupt the vast majority of EMS services.

            • Gechi999
              Gechi999  1 weeks back


              • I’m Trash
                I’m Trash  2 weeks back

                I’ve seen ur face ha ha no need to face reveal

                • Shakti Swarup Sarangi
                  Shakti Swarup Sarangi  4 weeks back

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

                  • Mel Perry
                    Mel Perry  4 weeks back

                    a lot of speculation intermingled with few facts

                    • Sunny Boy
                      Sunny Boy  1 months 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  1 months back

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

                        • funkyleah
                          funkyleah  2 months 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  2 months back

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

                            • No
                              No  2 months back

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

                              • Davis Hatler
                                Davis Hatler  2 months back

                                Drones are so cool!

                                • Sirop
                                  Sirop  2 months back

                                  Why am I watching this video I hate needles soooooobmich

                                  • The Architectural Gamer
                                    The Architectural Gamer  2 months back

                                    Holy shit this is fucking incredible

                                    • antsolja
                                      antsolja  2 months back

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

                                      • MWB Gaming
                                        MWB Gaming  2 months back

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

                                        What's America's excuse?

                                        • Qrafter 7113
                                          Qrafter 7113  2 months back

                                          What does one do with expired blood?

                                          • o hello there
                                            o hello there  2 months back

                                            This made me restore faith in humanity again

                                            • Therv_ Inho
                                              Therv_ Inho  2 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  2 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  3 months back

                                                    This is FREAKING AMAZING!!!

                                                    • Giải Trí 5.0
                                                      Giải Trí 5.0  3 months back


                                                      • Sartorius988
                                                        Sartorius988  3 months back

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

                                                        • Werner T
                                                          Werner T  3 months back

                                                          Actual info starts at 05:00.

                                                          • Chỉ Vì Chú
                                                            Chỉ Vì Chú  3 months back

                                                            this shit is awesome

                                                            • george zacharia
                                                              george zacharia  3 months back


                                                              • Charlie G
                                                                Charlie G  3 months back

                                                                hey you can see my boat in the Plymouth bit ahahaha

                                                                • Khayr Brother
                                                                  Khayr Brother  3 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  3 months back

                                                                    No the average income is $35611.39

                                                                    • Yaccoby
                                                                      Yaccoby  3 months back

                                                                      I didn't know this existed.

                                                                      • LKNANML
                                                                        LKNANML  3 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  3 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  4 months back

                                                                              that would be a fun job :D

                                                                              • Sentinel Vortex
                                                                                Sentinel Vortex  4 months back

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

                                                                                • lucascj
                                                                                  lucascj  4 months back

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

                                                                                  • commanderbluy
                                                                                    commanderbluy  4 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  5 months back


                                                                                            • Matthew Yerby
                                                                                              Matthew Yerby  5 months back

                                                                                              Imagine the drone crashes and blood spills everywhere

                                                                                              • Matthew Yerby
                                                                                                Matthew Yerby  5 months back

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