First in Flight: Organ Edition

On April 19 in GHN’s home city of Baltimore, the first drone-delivered organ flew to the University of Maryland Medical Center and was successfully transplanted into a patient with renal failure.

Drones are already used to deliver medical supplies and vaccines that require careful storage. But when it comes to organs—which are super-sensitive and only survive a few hours outside the body—timing is particularly crucial.

But this wasn’t just any drone: The device was custom-built with 8 rotors for stability, and a special apparatus to monitor and measure a number of elements including temperature, vibration and altitude.

MIT Technology Review

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