Belgium Has A First With Drone Transport Of Human Tissue
Human tissue was flown between two hospitals in Antwerp on Monday using a drone. According to those involved, this is the first time that drone transport of human tissue has happened in Europe. In the near future, drones will have to fly over medical supplies, blood samples, and biopsies regularly. In the longer term, it is even conceivable that patients will be transported by drone.
Mission parameters of drone transport
The test flight with human tissue on board took place from ZNA Middelheim to GZA Hospitals Campus Sint-Augustinus, over a distance of 1.2 km (0.75 miles) as the crow flies. At a cruising altitude of 80 meters (262 feet), the drone took four minutes to cover this distance. For safety reasons, the aircraft flew as much as possible over green zones and sparsely populated areas. Also, it had not yet flown at maximum speed.
The drone used to transport the tissue is an X-8 multicopter developed by SABCA. To be allowed to fly over urban areas, it is equipped…