13 Sep '17, 4pm

Johns Hopkins sets record for drone blood delivery flight

Johns Hopkins sets record for drone blood delivery flight

The startup Zipline began making blood and other medical deliveries via drone last year in Rwanda, proving that the technology could be an essential part of medical aid in remote areas. Now researchers here in America are looking to push the idea forward by seeing just how far and effective these deliveries can be. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine carried out tests recently in the Arizona desert to see what distances the drones could cover without compromising the blood samples there were carrying. They ended up setting a record for the longest drone flight for transporting blood samples. Eighty four pairs of blood samples were collected and then driven 76 miles to an airfield where one from each pair was loaded onto a drone that carried it for 161 miles around the desert and back to the airfield. The flight lasted 3 hours and the blood samples we...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/johns-hopkins...

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