Drones are becoming instrumental in providing lifesaving deliveries. One such delivery was made in April 2019, when an uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) team at the University of Maryland (UM) delivered the world’s first live human organ by drone. UM’s uniquely designed aircraft, complete with real-time monitoring equipment, did more than make history that night. It laid the groundwork for future live organ deliveries, with drone medical missions expanding worldwide.
Join us as a member of the UM team, which HAI honored with the 2021 Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award, shares the team’s story. He’ll be joined by a director from drone logistics company Zipline, who will discuss medical drone operations and the expanding role of UAS in medical deliveries and transportation.
Matt Scassero is the director of the University of Maryland UAS Test Site, which focuses on integrating UAS into the National Airspace System and empowering a flourishing civil and commercial UAS industry. He is a retired US Navy captain, having served 27 years in the armed forces, including his final post as vice commander for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.
Harrison Wolf is the director of global aviation policy at Zipline, a worldwide drone logistics company. He specializes in safety and risk-mitigation strategies for UAS and teaches at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Drones: Safety Risk Management for the Next Evolution of Flight.
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