Elevating Health Care Access Project

The Virginia Institute for Spaceflight & Autonomy (VISA), Riverside Health System (RHS), DroneUp, and the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) have announced a working partnership, with startup funding provided by the Unmanned Systems Center at the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC), to initiate the exploration of potential applications, concept of operations formulation including demonstration flights in order to evaluate critical medical package drone delivery for Healthcare and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the state of Virginia. We are a hub for advanced research and technical solutions, join us.  In 2022, the partnership submitted a medical drone delivery project entitled, Drone Medical Package Delivery for Improved Transportation and Better Patient Outcomes, to the U.S. Department of Transportation for funding support. The project was one of 59 proposals awarded funding through the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program out of a nationwide pool of 389 applications. This project was the only application in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be awarded a SMART Grant during the inaugural year of the program. Click on each organization’s title above to read more about each.


                 Partnership Announcement Press Release May 2023                                  Project Kick Off                                   Riverside Announcement April 2023                          U.S. DOT Grant Announcement                             First Patient Delivery Demo October 2023


Drone delivery demo February 26, 2024