Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina
Matternet, a Swiss company, began a three-year test programme of its delivery drones under a program run by the N.C. Department of Transportation and authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. The North Carolina program is one of 10 the FAA chose nationwide to try to determine how drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, can be put to commercial use in the United States.
The Matternet drone will carry vials of water from a medical office building across Sunnybrook and two other buildings before landing on the roof of WakeMed’s flagship hospital, said James Pearce, spokesman for NCDOT’s Division of Aviation. The goal is to gradually expand the flights until drones are carrying medical samples and supplies between WakeMed facilities in different parts of the county. Read more