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Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert


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MissionGO staff prepares a drone for another test flight in the Nevada desert.

MissionGO and the Nevada Donor Network last week conducted two successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in the Nevada desert.

Credit: Sammy Vassilev/Photographika Inc.

Researchers at unmanned aviation solutions provider MissionGO and the Nevada Donor Network organ procurement organization last week announced successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in Las Vegas.

One flight on Sept. 17 flew research corneas from one hospital to another about 2.5 miles away; a second flight the same day transported research kidneys 10 miles from an airport to a site outside a small town in the Nevada desert.

Drone deliveries could reduce flight times, as well as the chances of organs becoming nonviable or failing after implantation.

MissionGO's sister company MediGO aims to add global-positioning software to monitor the quality of the trip and the transported organ.

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