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Organ transportation

While more than 100,000 lives are saved each year by organ transplants safely delivering the organs is a risky business.

Organs can only survive outside the body for a very limited period, so transportation by land or air is a race against time, all the while trying to minimise damage suffered en-route.

A group in Spain are proposing drones could provide the most efficient and safest way of getting organs where they are needed.

Their proposal is to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to transport organs inside a fridge, which would be carried from the donor to the recipient.

They are planning to use a quadcopter that is able to plot its course to the hospital where the transplant will take place. To extend the flying time of the drone they intend to use polymer solar cells to recharge some of its battery while airborne.

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