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Zipline's faster new drones buzz over CaliforniaThe startup shows off a faster second-generation system for delivering blood, vaccines and other medical supplies.
[MUSIC] Since we started operating our first system in Rwanda more than a year ago now, we've been designing our next generation from the ground up, incorporating all that experience of that first operation And so we redesigned pretty much everything about the plane and our ground systems, to support scale operations. So instead of being able to do 50 flights a day, we wanna be able to do 500 flights a day from a single distribution center. [INAUDIBLE] The aircraft weighs 20 kilograms, about 40-45 pounds. [BLANK_AUDIO] It has about ten foot wingspan. Three meters. And it can carry about three pounds 1.75 kilograms. We can hit an area about the size of two parking spots. It looks like a cake box with a paper parachute on top. A fixed wing aircraft can fly dramatically farther than something like a quadcopter, and that's really important for what we do. It can fly faster, it can fly through heavier weather. And the approaches to things like safety are also much easier. On our aircraft, for example, we have multiple motors, right? The plane, if either one of those stops working, the plane flies just fine. We're in Rwanda today, and we're expanding to cover the other half of Rwanda as we speak. And next is Tanzania. From there we are really focused on solving this problem, access to medical products, at a global scale. There's access to medical product problems in the US, and in the developing world. And we really want to solve all of those problems everywhere. [MUSIC]