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Use of drones for disaster missions put to the test

11 months 1 day 10 hours ago June 24, 2016 Jun 24, 2016 Friday, June 24 2016 June 24, 2016 10:41 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

CAPE MAY - How to distribute lifesaving supplies quickly and safely after a natural disaster has long been a puzzle for responders. Now, drones might be the lifesaver.

That idea was put to the test this week in New Jersey as a drone delivery service conducted test flights to help determine whether drones can be used to carry human medical samples to and from areas during major natural disasters.

About 100 people looked on as the drones flew between an onshore medical relief camp and a test facility on a vessel stationed on the Delaware Bay Wednesday afternoon.

The tests were done at the invitation of the Field Innovation Team, a nonprofit that works with agencies and experts from various fields to develop solutions to humanitarian disaster scenarios.

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