Baltimore's unmanned aerial vehicle flight last week was less than 3 miles, but it was a big first step. See photos and video.
The drone delivery of a kidney recently used for organ transplants in Baltimore is described by the University of Maryland as a "breakthrough breakthrough" in human medicine and aerospace technology.
"It's huge. We knew from the beginning that we were in contact with Dr. (Joseph) Scalea met, and he suggested the idea of what he wanted to do – we knew it would be earth shattering and life changing, and it really has become so, Matthew Scassero, director of the unmanned aerial vehicle testing station at the University of Maryland, told WTOP.
The flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle system on April 1
"This is an important step to the Art and reinventing the way in which the current organ system is moved, "said Scalea in a video that illustrates the flight. "I think we helped many people in this way. It may take a long time, but it is a first step.
The efforts of the team that made everything possible included aerospace and engineering experts at the University of Maryland; Transplant doctors and researchers at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine in Baltimore; and the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Baltimore Police also had to sign the flight.
"It has been a lot of logistics to do all this," said Scassero. "The great thing was, because of the kind of mission we were doing – humanitarian, for the people – it was actually pretty easy to get everyone to nod in agreement that we had to do it."
The automated drone flew the road itself, which transported everything from the parachute via a radio location system, a video camera and a box of sensors for the kidney, which monitored the temperature, pressure, vibration and location of the organ.
Upon arrival at the University of Maryland Medical In the middle, the organ was successfully transplanted. The recipient is a 44-year-old Baltimore woman who spent eight years on dialysis. She was released from the hospital last Tuesday.
"We want to prove that this can work. That we can transport an organ safely, even if it were only a few miles, can safely reach from point A to point B and the waiting receiver, "said Living Legacy Foundation CEO and President Charlies Alexander in a video.  Scassero believes what he calls this small first step potentially monumental for future patients who need transplants. "
" Alone in the kidneys, every year in the United States, they throw away 2700 kidneys annually because they can not get They are passed on to the patient fast enough and simply can not use them, "said Scassero.
Projected as a projection for the future, Sassero added, "We will be able to save these organs and get them there faster and bring them to patients if they are still viable." That's 2,700 more patients who live because those who do not get organs die. "
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