A 13-member private consortium will soon begin exploring how drones might be used to deliver life-saving medications during emergencies in Singapore.

Selected by the country’s civil aviation authority, the Future Flight Consortium has been tasked with developing such a drone program.

Among its imagined capabilities, the consortium envisions a drone program that would be able to transport blood samples, deliver medical supplies and respond to security issues.

The drones would be operated remotely by pilots and will be capable of traveling considerable distances throughout the city-state — meaning that unlike their recreational equivalents, these drones will be permitted to operate beyond the pilot’s line of sight.

Part of the initiative will require the consortium to design flight paths for the drones, create a private communication network and designate take-off and landing locations.

"Our goal is to make it possible for any enterprise who needs to fly drones (beyond the visual sight of the pilots) in Singapore to easily do so in a safe and effective manner," said Future Flight project director Ong Jiin Joo.

The consortium has issued a two-year timeline for developing the program, promising to conduct strict safety tests as it develops.

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