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Matternet and UPS Partner for First Ever Routine Revenue Drone Deliveries on North Carolina Hospital Campus

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Matternet and UPS have been given permission to conduct regular drone deliveries of blood samples on the WakeMed hospital campus in Raleigh, North Carolina.

While the FAA has previously allowed drone deliveries on a case by case basis, either for the purposes of demonstration or for smaller-scale tests, it has never before allowed drones to make routine commercial package deliveries, also known as “revenue flights.”

We speculated recently that the UAS IPP tests could help pave the way forward for commercial deliveries, and to see Matternet receive the FAA’s first approval for commercial revenue-generating flights in order to deliver medical samples seems to be a good sign that this will be the case.

Read today's article to learn more about the new drone delivery program at WakeMed, and chime in on this thread to share your thoughts. Do you think the WakeMed delivery program will provide a model that could be expanded to other scenarios, or are we still a ways off from seeing drone deliveries hit the mainstream?

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