Transplant Transportation Services, Inc. Unveils Its Own R&D Project Utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Donor Organ Transport As Part of Its DonorLogic™ Platform
Petaluma, CA December 3, 2013 –Transplant Transportation Services, Inc. (“TTSI”) has announced that they are involved in research and development to utilize Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the transportation of donor organs for transplant as part of their subsidiary company, DonorLogicTM. TTSI currently utilizes private aircraft in the Part 135, on demand charter environment for the movement of teams, organs and related staff to serve its OPO and Transplant Center partners based primarily on the west coast.
"Two and a half years ago I thought, ‘Why can’t we move organs via UAVs?’” said Scott Pritchard, President of TTSI. So began the investigative process as to what would be entailed in making the process safe, viable and sustainable within the ever-changing aviation landscape. “The aviation industry is changing more rapidly than ever in terms of technology, airspace use and regulation. Flying from point A to point B will be the easy part of the process. Managing the other factors will be our greatest challenge and where we face our greatest learning curve. We’ve invested in a personal UAV platform to begin working with the technology and better understand the possibilities and challenges that we will undoubtedly face.” When asked why Pritchard insists on using the term “UAV” versus “drone” he quickly replied, “The media has tied the term drone primarily to war. We are in the business of saving lives. These machines have the ability to help us."