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May 16th, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Emergency organ transplant drones are on the horizon


EHang recently announced an agreement to deploy a fleet of passenger drones for the purpose of delivering organs to transplant patients. The Manufactured Organ Transport Helicopter (MOTH) will work with Maryland-based Lung Biotechnology PBC to customize the 184-drone to well suited for the task.


It’s a lofty 15 year plan that’s still in its early stages, but according to a statement from the biotech firm’s CEO, Martine Rothblatt, the partnership could one day contribute to the delivery of hundreds of organs a day.

The 184 is capable of passenger flights of more than 10 miles, with speeds of up to 65 MPH, which could make the vehicle well-suited for emergency transplants across relatively short distances.

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