The Problem This Solution Solves
Medical supplies, especially blood and plasma as well as small maintenance parts, are difficult to distribute in conflict areas and austere environments. The DoD spends significant resources on prepositioning critical life-saving medical materials and maintenance supplies around the world and then distributes those resources with manned platforms, costing time and money while putting additional lives at risk.
The Zipline distribution system allows for set-up of a quickly-deployable autonomous aircraft system that brings mission-critical items and medical supplies to the forward edge of the battlespace. It has a payload of 5lbs, operating radius of 80 km+ and throughput of 1k lbs/day.