Drone Delivery of Medical Materials

Heavy Lift Drone Optimised for Safe Cargo Handling

About - Automated Drone Platform Cargo Handling


Motion Robotics is focusing on drone technology applied to the special needs of sensitive rapid  parcel transport. Concerns about cargo handling relate to whether environmental conditions during the flight, such as temperature, air pressure, humidity, vibration, shock etc. can degrade the cargo contents.

In addition, dangerous goods, such as cytotoxic pharmaceuticals, should never leak from the parcels. Spillage leak would need to be dealt with in a certified manner.


It is therefore essential that Motion Robotics Drones, focusing on such deliveries, can ensure all requirements are adhered to.

This requires extensive research and development, collaborating with pharma as well as materials and vibro-acoustic specialists. Motion Robotics is proud to be sponsoring PhD research in this area, with a view to developing robust drone transport solutions, operational within the next 12 months.

As part of the Future Mobility Zone project, Motion Robotics will evaluate a long haul heavy lift drone for the certified BVLOS delivery of Dangerous Goods between the main land and the Isle of Wight. 


Heavy Lift Drone Optimised for Safe Cargo Handling


Early adopters of aerial drone transportation will be motivated by the fact that their high value items can be urgently delivered across congested traffic, water ways and into remote rural areas.

However in many cases the high value items being sent will include medicines or samples that should not be presented with high levels of vibration. By way of example, milk can become acidic in taste when vibrated at low frequencies for a few minutes. In principle any emulsion could change its properties.

As part of ongoing research Motion Robotics is studying the transfer of vibration energy from the drone motors to the sensitive parcel contents, and identifying ways to ensure the transfer is attenuated sufficiently.

This work will help us develop vibration aware drone delivery platforms.



Images show the transfer function characteristics of drone motor arm to fuselage.

Vibration data from motor arm versus packed chemicals. Spectrograph of key vibration source.


Crash and Spillage Proof

Motion Robotics is researching how sensitive items should be handled during drone transport.

When handling certain chemicals , such as cytotoxic cancer treatments, classed as dangerous goods, care must be taken to ensure that the cargo packaging is crash proof.

Moreover, the contents must never leak from the containers and spillage procedures must be in place should this occur.


Several methods are under development including use of new materials and structures, some of which use generative design to create crash protection frames with strong organic influence. 


Crash Proofing: Make it Softer or Stronger?

Heavy Lift Drone

Trends in the market seems to be for three types of drone. An automated aeroplane that can carry several hundred Kgs, a winged VTOL that can fly 50Km with a 2Kg payload, or a Rotor only drone carrying 18Kg over 20Km. 

Looking towards medical goods transportation across wide waterways, the latter type of drone seems most applicable as well as for shorter runs between hospitals, test laboratories and pop up sites.


Motion Robotics aims to have a heavy lift hex-copter approved for medical deliveries meeting the needs of Dangerous Goods handling that is Crash and Vibration robust, with full integration into end -end logistic solutions.

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Motion Robotics drone under development for carrying pathology parcels up to 640 x 400 x400mm

Safe Cargo Handling requires accurate, repeatable, reliable, soft and safe targeted landing


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