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The drones can deliver blood or other medical supplies up to 50 miles away.

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From fighting wildfires to inspecting pipelines to spying on poachers, aerial drones have been put to all sorts of uses. And now they're helping save human lives. In 2016 a Silicon Valley startup began using its drones to deliver blood in the East African nation of Rwanda — and the company plans to bring the service to the U.S. later this year.

Made by Zipline in Half Moon Bay, California, the battery-powered drones look like small planes and weigh about 25 pounds. They fly at speeds of up to 80 miles an hour and can deliver up to four pounds of blood or other medical supplies over distances of up to 50 miles.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/blood-carrying-drones-could-save-lives-us-here-s-how-ncna868561

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