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Hospital ­sing Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings


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drone operator handling drone that will carry medical specimens

A drone operator handles a drone used for carrying medical specimens at a landing area at WakeMed hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

Credit: UPS

United Parcel Service (UPS) and startup drone manufacturer Matternet launched a commercial drone delivery service in the U.S this week, with a short flight transporting a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals. UPS intends to make multiple daily drone flights for the state's WakeMed Health & Hospitals network, enhancing the ground service performed by another company, and eventually rolling out similar services to other U.S. hospitals.

Matternet is operating the WakeMed drone as part of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Integration Pilot Program. The quadcopter drone is flown remotely by a pilot.

From Associated Press
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