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Drone company Flirtey demonstrated its capability for drones to deliver medical supplies in a ship-to-shore mission in New Jersey on Wednesday, June 22, according to the AP.

Tim Amukele, right, from Johns Hopkins University, presents an example of the kinds of medical necessities drones could deliver at the demonstration in New Jersey on Wednesday, June 22. Image credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans

The drones carried simulated blood and other examples of medical necessities from an onshore medical relief camp in Cape May, N.J. to a floating platform in the Delaware Bay. Flirtey is based in Reno, Nev. They have flown similar tests before, with the first demonstrated in Nevada in March.

Workers pack a drone with simulated blood and other medical supplies. The drone delivery needs to be quick and efficient as well as to complete its over-sea traversal. Image credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans
Tim Amukele installed a packet of simulated blood and other medical supplies in the drone before walking away from the area in preparation for launch. Image credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans

Advantages of the drone program as opposed to medical relief trucks during an emergency situation include the smooth flight and ability to cross uneven ground or bodies of water.

Tim Amukele watches the drone return from the floating platform during the demonstration. Image credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans

The test was designed to replicate drone operations in an area that had suffered damage to both its infrastructure and its communication networks, such as an earthquake or major storm.

The drone lowers medical supplies onto a floating platform in Delaware Bay while researchers monitor its progress. Image credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans

Timothy Amukele, an assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and a volunteer consultant for Flirtey, said that he thinks it could be about five years before both drone technology itself as well as national regulations are ready for regular use of drones in emergency medical situations.

The drone used a metal cable to lower the supplies onto the floating platform. Image credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans
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