A medical drone delivery project led by AGS Airports Ltd has been recognised for its excellence in innovation at the Scottish Transport Awards.

The Project CAELUS consortium, led by AGS Airports in partnership with NHS Scotland, has picked up the Excellence in Technology and Innovation award.

CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland), recently secured £10.1m funding from the Future Flight Challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to deliver what will be the UK’s first medical distribution network using drones has launched its next phase.

CAELUS and both Glasgow and Aberdeen airports were praised by Scottish Transport Award judges for their innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aberdeen, which remained open throughout the pandemic to service critical operations including lifeline Highlands and Islands flights and oil and gas connectivity, was also named Airport of the Year.

Fiona Smith, AGS Airports group head of aerodrome strategy and CAELUS project director, said: “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 on to the next phase of work.”

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