COVID Humanitarian UAS Operation (CHURP) Concludes Delivery Test in Syracuse
January 19, 2021
COVID Humanitarian UAS Operation (CHURP) Concludes Delivery Test in Syracuse. The COVID-19 Humanitarian UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Response Partnership (CHURP) announced the conclusion of its latest operational phase.
multi-day flight operations and evaluations of two separate use cases to prepare for potential wider-scale deployment. The Partnership was formed over nine months ago by Emergent 121 Consulting and Akin Gump, LLP. The operation included collaboration among UAS, health, and public safety leaders. The project began on January 14 and closed with a local media demonstration on January 16 at The State University of New York’s (SUNY) Upstate University Hospital and the Central New York (CNY) Biotech Accelerator.
UAS commonly referred to as “drones,” offers unique solutions to the many challenges faced by our health and public safety agencies during the COVID-19 crisis. Through this operation, CHURP worked to give public health officials the technology for public safety awareness, public address capability, contactless delivery, and other solutions that enhance response speed and efficiency while also significantly reducing personnel requirements and potential exposures.