The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the PharmaPort 360 temperature-controlled shipping container from Cool Containers LLC for use in commercial and military air transport following a year and a half of formal testing and review.

“The process gave us a deeper understanding of the role the FAA plays in ensuring that our skies are safe for travel,” says Cool Container’s CEO Lew Rosenblum, at the company’s headquarters in Marietta, Ohio.

In flight, the PharmaPort 360 operates independently of the aircraft, does not require external system power and does not generate heat or hazardous vapors. A self-contained regenerative heat exchanger avoids HAZMAT costs associated with dry ice and eliminates the need for a refrigerated truck. Between uses, the container is recharged by a standard AC power supply before deployment in fixed-based storage, or ground, sea or air transport.

Designed for shipment of high value pharmaceuticals, the container maintains an internal temperature of 41°F (5°C) in extreme ambient from 140 to -40°F (60 to -40°C) in transport or ground modes to ensure safe movement of biologicals for optimum viability.