Η εταιρία παροχής υπηρεσιών drone MissionGO σε συνεργασία με τον οργανισμό παροχής ανθρώπινων οργάνων LifeSource πραγματοποίησε την πρώτη δοκιμαστική πτήση μεταφοράς ανθρώπινου οργάνου με μη επανδρωμένο εναέριο όχημα (UAS) στις ΗΠΑ.
“…UAS (unmanned aerial systems) solutions provider MissionGO and organ procurement organization LifeSource have carried out the first ever test flight carrying a human pancreas via unmanned aircraft. The organ was transported from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota through a 10-mile circuit over the Mississippi River and back to the hospital. The test flight successfully demonstrated the viability and value of transporting lifesaving organs via UAS within the Twin Cities metro area. The UAS was monitored throughout the flight with the advanced AlarisAIR (Automated Independent Recorder) flight data recorder from AlarisPro, which provides flight telemetry data through both cellular and Bluetooth networks. The pancreas was also monitored for the entire flight, using MediGO’s hardware and software platform to provide the real-time location status of the organ, A biopsy was performed by LifeSource on the pancreas before and after the flight to study the impact of UAS transportation on a human organ, revealing no changes in pre and post flight biopsies…”