Johns Hopkins researchers have set a new delivery distance record for medical drones, successfully transporting human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, they report, the on-board payload system maintained temperature control, ensuring the samples were viable for laboratory analysis after landing.
Aerial drones could one day ferry life-or-death medical supplies between hospitals now that Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have figured out how to keep blood, medications and vaccines consistently cool during the flights.
Keller Rinaudo's company, Zipline, is using on-demand technology and drones to deliver medical supplies to areas with poor infrastructure and transportation. Continue reading On-demand drone delivery for blood and medicine.
In a proof-of-concept study at Johns Hopkins, researchers have shown that results of common and routine blood tests are not affected by up to 40 minutes of travel on hobby-sized drones.
Drones have already delivered medicine, but soon they may also deliver biological specimens. Researchers at John Hopkins Medical University have shown that human blood samples remain stable when airlifted by small drones. The resear...