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Pioneering Medical Drone project CAELUS wins Scottish Transport Award

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

CAELUS was praised by Scottish Transport Award judges at the event where Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth MSP and host Grant Stott welcomed 450 industry professionals to celebrate the people and organisations that make a real difference to transport across Scotland.

CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland), which brings together 16 partners including NATS, AGS Airports, Skyports, NHS Scotland, The Drone Office, secured £10.1 million funding from the Future Flight Challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Fiona Smith, AGS Airports Group Head of Aerodrome Strategy and CAELUS Project Director, said: “We were delighted when we heard we had been shortlisted in the Scottish Transport Awards earlier this year so to win is a fantastic achievement.

“The CAELUS project is set to revolutionise the way in which healthcare services are delivered in Scotland. A drones network can ensure critical medical supplies can be delivered more efficiently, it can reduce waiting times for test results and, more importantly, it can provide equity of care between urban and remote rural communities.

“This award is testament to the hard work by all the partners involved in this consortium and I thank them all as we continue onto the next phase of work.”

Anne-Lise Scaillierez, The Drone Office, Partner, said: “We’re thrilled to be leading the general public perception and stakeholders’ engagement work of Project CAELUS, which will deliver the first national drone network to transport essential medical supplies throughout Scotland – an example of how drones can support healthcare services and improve patient outcome”.

The CAELUS consortium comprises:

AGS Airports Limited NHS Scotland

NATS University of Strathclyde

Connected Places Catapult ANRA Technologies UK

Atkins Arup

Cellnex UK Commonplace Digital

DGP Intelsius Dronamics

Plane Finder Skyports

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