Airspace Link Inc., a provider of drone solutions based in Detroit, announced it is partnering with MissionGO to launch data-driven processes for informing safe flight planning decisions of time-critical organ and medical cargo deliveries.
The announcement comes on the heels of Airspace Link receiving one of five grants awarded through the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sept. 15 at Kettering University’s GM Mobility Research Center in Flint.
MissionGO’s team of experts have led the way for advancing the use of unmanned aircraft for human organ transport, including the first pancreas flown, the longest distance flown for a human organ, and the first delivery of a human organ for transplant using an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in April of 2019.
The company continues to conduct organ and blood deliveries and now is in the process of certifying its MG Velos 100 UAS, an all-electric UAS rotorcraft capable of carrying up to 20 pounds of payload and a flight endurance of up to 90 minutes. This is one of many platforms the companies plan to collaborate on.
“Airspace Link’s AirHub platform connects with key stakeholders that need to participate in the implementation of these valuable services so that there is community engagement from local authorities and end-user health care systems,” says Lisa Peterson, vice president of business development at Airspace Link.
“We work to manage, inform, and obtain authorizations, if required, from the regulatory agencies as well as communicate with drone operators and the community through our digital connections via one shared platform. We are excited about partnering with MissionGO to integrate our application services and data to inform the safe planning and execution of these life-saving medical delivery missions.”
The AirHub platform also will assist operations that require low-altitude authorization and notification capability approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. It offers approval for further justification digitally with the FAA, and as of Aug. 11, also with night operations.
“Unmanned Aircraft offer an improved form of transportation that is more efficient, safer, and highly sustainable with advancements in electrification over time versus other forms of manned aviation and ground transportation,” says Frank Paskiewicz, executive vice president of cargo operations at MissionGO.
“We are looking forward to working with Airspace Link to increase the volume of delivery options for organs, tissues, related vessels, and diagnostic blood samples, which in turn, will help to save lives.”