While governments and authorities across the world debate the use of drones, there’s one rather high-effect cause most of them would agree to: organ transport.
We recently saw how DHL tested its parcelcopter, and how Rwanda was prepping itself to welcome medical supplies on drones. This might all be taken to the next level in India, where UAVs capable of such acts are being developed by the National Programme for Micro Air Vehicles in Bengaluru.
“The main focus will be on transporting hearts as other organs can be preserved for longer after harvesting,” said Kota Harinarayan, the founder of fighter Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
According to research conducted, transporting organs on drones will reduce the overall transport time by 50%, thus resulting in a greater number of saved lives. Top cities in India, including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune suffer from dense vehicular traffic during peak hours.
Not only will these drones help reach the survivors faster, but they’ll also ensure the organs reach their destination before they go bad. For instance, Times of India adds that a kidney can be stored for 24 hours, while a liver and heart can withstand storage for 12-15 hours and 10 hours respectively.
“Once the specifications from doctors and engineers are finalized — the first leg of the process is expected to be complete this week — we will take the project to the government for funding and clearance,” Kota added.
As for the legal aspect of carrying organs on drones, Kota added that India’s traditional no-fly zones won’t be violated since the drones in question will fly as high as 500 feet.