Drone Delivery Operations: Medical and Food Delivery in North Carolina

Basil Yap

by Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Division of Aviation

On a warm summer day in August 2018, public and private officials gathered on the campus of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., to watch history in the making – the first medical package delivery over people using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the United States.

A month later, dramatic imagery captured by drones during the state’s first coordinated drone disaster response showed the public and the world the devastation occurring in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence and helped guide response and recovery efforts.

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