Army’s TATRC blood transport drone to speed up care for fallen troops
Pursuing an objective that allies in the UK’s Royal Navy are also working toward, the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is developing an autonomous drone designed to transport blood transfusion reserves and other critical medical supplies to treat injured troops in combat situations.
Logically (though somewhat queasily) named “Project Crimson,” the TATRC is working on the specialized drone to haul up to 20 lbs., or eight units, of temperature-controlled blood over distances of as much as 40 km. The hybrid vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV is being developed to transport life-saving plasma and other medical supplies to injured soldiers in battle situations – deliveries that a TATRC newsletter perhaps too colloquially referred to as “Just-In-Time” arrivals. One certainly hopes things won’t be cut that close.
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