As use cases for drones continue to expand, industries whose connections to this technology were not obvious are now capturing headlines on a routine basis. The health and life sciences industry is an example of an emerging major player in the field. Delivering everything from blood and plasma to medication, defibrillators and condoms, drones are revolutionizing the health care industry by modernizing how medical care is administered.
In January, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that they had received more than one million unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, registrations. To put this number into perspective, in the 115 years since the Wright brother’s first flight of Kitty Hawk in 1903, there have been only 350,000 manned aircraft registered with the FAA. In contrast, in just the 18 months since the FAA’s issuance of the first regulations specifically tailored for the operation
of UAS, drones have literally taken off as hobbyists, commercial operators and public use operators (i.e., first responders, police/fire rescue, border patrol) flock to the skies.