Fortune

As children, we were told that storks fly around delivering tightly wrapped babies to the doorsteps of expecting parents— the ultimate package delivery system.

But much like this fantasy we tell our children, the idea that our modern-day storks – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – will be making deliveries right to our doorsteps shortly after we make our online purchases, is also a tall tale.

This week, organizers from a field hospital in rural southwest Virginia launched what was the first federally-approved small parcel drone delivery in the history of the United States. Prescriptions for 20 people were flown in a test flight by a NASA aircraft controlled by remote stations on the ground to an airstrip near the hospital, and a special delivery drone completed the final mile of the delivery.

But in this case, the effectiveness of drone technology is being tested to help solve a humanitarian…

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