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2022-11-26T11:21:09.523Z

It's no longer imaginary: from January 2023, a government experiment will begin in Israel in the operation of drones that fly around the country with loads weighing 150 kg, for a distance of 150 km, including air taxis that will fly between



Drone for flying two passengers of I-Hang Technologies, a subsidiary of the Chinese I-Hang (I-Hang Technologies, a subsidiary of the Chinese I-Hang)

Gadfin's delivery drone.

200 taxi and tender trips per day will be saved (Photo: Gadmin)

It's getting serious: ten companies in the field of drones were selected this week to participate in the second phase of the national drone project for deliveries and flying people.


The Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Transportation, Ayalon Routes, and the Civil Aviation Authority will jointly launch NIS 30 million, and the companies will add a similar amount to experiments that will last two years, all over the country, including over populated areas.


If in the first phase of the project drones were tested that can carry loads weighing up to 5 kg, for a distance of up to 5 km, this time the target is much more challenging: up to 150 kg and up to 150 km, that is, tools that could eventually be replaced Taxis and vans that carry deliveries, and reduce traffic congestion.

Given the lengthening traffic jams, air shipments.


"The goal is to reach a business activity that can sustain itself, also in deliveries and later also in flying people. We know what such a revolution can do to traffic congestion," said Lavala!

News Dror Bin, CEO of the Innovation Authority. "There is no such project in the world, to test the simultaneous flight of a large amount of tools of different types, at the same time, for security and civilian needs.

There are three types of regulation here that need to be built and tested, for the tools themselves, for the companies that operate them, and for the operation itself, how to fly them all safely, how to deal with malfunctions, or with a manned aircraft entering the drones' airspace.

The most important thing is safety, we had no accidents in the first phase of the project, and we want to repeat that this time as well." The


list of companies selected to participate in the second phase includes the drone company Kendo Drones, in which businessman Rami Levy owns a third of its shares, with the intention of integrating it in the future in his food chain activity.


Levy is not alone: ​​Eitan Yochananoff, the CEO and owner of the competing food chain that bears his name, owns 51% of the shares of Down Wind, which is developing remotely manned aircraft on its own, and was also chosen to participate in the project.


Other companies that will participate in the pilot: AirViz Drones, which will operate a system for the management of the airspace of the drones and a system for the autonomous flight of a fleet of drones, FT Aerial Solutions (operating drones), Alsight (secure communication for drones), AGL (control rooms and training for operators, Air Taxis Israel (ATI) which is preparing to operate air taxis, Brock, which operates helicopter services, Highlander Aviation (aerial control and control) and Robotican (fast drones).


The flights this time will feature passenger drones developed by the Chinese company EHANG for the first time, but test dummies will simulate the passengers at this stage, and no humans will be flown. Flying these vehicles is completely autonomous, without A human pilot in the tool, which should reduce costs and allow the use of lighter and cheaper tools.


Orly Stern, CEO of Ayalon Routes, whose control room in Haifa will manage the project this time as well, said that "in the past two years, the project has demonstrated impressive and groundbreaking technological capabilities in the field of smart airspace management at low altitude in metropolitan cities, which will enable effective and practical solutions to reduce road congestion."

Within a year: deliveries of medicine by drone to the hospitals

The drone landing pad on the roof of Sharal in Netanya (Photo: Sharal)

What the commercial activity of delivery drones will look like can be seen from an agreement signed recently between the Sheral company from Netanya, which supplies medicine and medical equipment to the hospital in Israel, and the Gadafin drone company from Rehovot.

The two plan to operate in a year, subject to the completion and approval of the regulation for this by RTA, drone lines for the regular delivery of medical equipment, medicines, vaccines, blood, serum, laboratory samples and more in less than an hour from reading, regardless of the traffic situation. The first line will be operated between Netanya and Beit The government hospital in Nahariya. According to the contract, the project will reach 60 deliveries a day within three years, 21 thousand deliveries a year, using 18 cargo drones. and enables long flights without dependence on batteries.

Car manufacturers are also starting to integrate the technology in cars, and especially in trucks.


Gadfin's UAV is equipped with a cargo compartment cooled to a temperature of minus 80 degrees, which will allow it to fly organs for transplantation in the future. It can fly in heavy rain and under winds reaching up to 30 km/h and is equipped with an independent automatic parachute system for emergencies.


Avi Buskila, CEO of Sheral, told Walla! News, that "there is an openness in the Ministry of Health and Barta for this activity, which could save the health system money. Today, hospitals send taxis from all over the country, including Mitzvah and its tunnels, to the blood bank to collect plasma and blood units, and keep stocks of serums against snake bites, for example, all kinds of medical products that often have to be thrown away because they were not used in the end, but they must be available in case of need. If they have the possibility of fast and safe delivery, they will be able to keep less stock. And We can take all these trips off the roads."


Eyal Regev, head of Gadfin, said to Walla!

News that "Deliveries will begin in November 2023. Our unmanned aircraft will be safer than manned aircraft, with an automatic anti-collision system, 3 GPS receivers immune to interference, working simultaneously with 4 cellular operators. Due to the congestion on the roads our deliveries will be 2 to 4 times faster From ground deliveries, we can reach any hospital in the country within an hour. Only in the project with Sheral will we be able to save 200 daily trips by taxis and vans."

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