Würth backs hybrid medical drone

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By Nick Flaherty

Component maker and distributor Würth Elektronik in Germany is supporting a medical drone project to deliver medicines in Papua New Guinea.

In addition to providing components free of charge, the assistance includes, in particular, support from experienced electronics and design experts as well as the transfer of technical know-how. The Yonah humanitarian project is supported by the Würth Elektronik branch in Singapore to develop a robust cargo drone for medicine deliveries to impassable areas.

A hospital in the difficult-to-access highlands of Papua New Guinea and the fight against a rampant measles epidemic there were the impetus for the Yonah founders to develop an innovative cargo drone for transporting medicines. The portable, particularly robust and low-maintenance medical drone has a long range and can take off and land vertically. A key part of the design in the electronics-hostile environment is particularly robust and vibration-insensitive connectors which were provided to the developers by Würth Elektronik.

The first operational medical drone from the Yonah development is a hybrid aircraft that combines the flexibility of a multi-rotor helicopter with the endurance performance of a fixed-wing aircraft.

“The team at Wurth Electronics Singapore loves this wonderful project. It is a meaningful and peaceful use of unmanned aerial technology where electronics helps save lives,” said Ching Man Lau, HR Manager at Würth Elektronik eiSos, who is coordinating the project with the University of Singapore and Team Yonah.

“The success of such a drone depends on being robust and low-maintenance. A flying robot with a two-stroke engine sounds unusual, but Yonah is finding solutions that fit the conditions in remote rural areas. We are pleased that components from Würth Elektronik and the cooperation with our experts are an important part of this solution, and wish Yonah continued success,” said Field Application Engineer Daryl Wong.

“Start-up support is all about being in the right place at the right time and being able to support from the beginning of the design phase. When it comes to realizing prototypes or first small series, developers are often faced with the simple challenge of finding the right components and being able to get expert advice on design. This is where we are ready with our solutions within the framework of the Würth Elektronik Technology Partnerships for start-up support,” said Sebastian Tan, General Manager, Würth Electronics Singapore.;

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