University Of Maryland Demonstrates Human Organ Transport By Drone | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube



Airborne-Unlimited-05.22.24 Airborne-FlightTraining-05.23.24


Fri, Nov 23, 2018

University Of Maryland Demonstrates Human Organ Transport By Drone

A Kidney Was Carried For More Than An Hour With No Appreciable Damage

A University of Maryland Medical Center doctor, working with the school's Department of Aerospace Engineering, has successfully transported a kidney by drone in an experiment that could lead to faster delivery of organs for transplant.

According to a report from IEEE Spectrum, the kidney used in the experiment was not healthy enough to be used for a transplant. The results were published November 6 in the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.

For the experiment, the kidney was transported by a DJI M600 Pro drone in a container chilled to 2.5 degrees Centigrade. Over 14 flight missions, it was in the container for a little more than an hour and flew 1.5 miles and reached a maximum speed of 36.5 knots.

The study found that the organ was subjected to slightly less vibration than one in a control experiment transported in a King Air. The kidney exhibited no damage from the flight.

Dr. Joseph Scalea said that the three-year project is "a first step ... that I think will get patients closer to their life-saving organs quicker, and with better outcomes." He said that an experiment with a kidney that is suitable for transplant could come early next year.

(Image provided by Dr. Joseph Scalea)

FMI: Source report, Abstract,


More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.25.24)

“Warbirds in Review features veterans, aviation legends, and aircraft that simply cannot be seen together in one place anywhere else in the world. Many of these veterans main>[...]

Airborne 05.22.24: NS-25 Chute Failure, #HonorTheWASP, SkyCourier 'Combi'

Also: VAI v Anti-Heli Actions, Electric Aircraft Symposium, 2024 FAA Drone/AAM Symposium, Gravitymaster Blue Origin's seventh passenger flight ended with a smidgeon of drama when o>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.24)

“The importance of this YF-16 paint scheme is celebrating 50 years of the F-16 Viper. Everyone at Edwards has a big sense of pride for not only supporting the Viper Demo Team>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.24)

Aero Linx: National Aeronca Association We are dedicated to supporting the design and preserving the history of Aeronca aircraft. Founded by Jim Thompson and fostered by his leader>[...]

Klyde Morris (05.24.24)

Klyde Sounds Like He's Defining An 'Influencer' FMI:>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC