Swoop Aero has partnered with Astral Aviation’s drone services business and drone operations partner Skyports to develop a drone logistics network in Kenya. Swoop Aero’s experience in operating drone logistics networks in seven countries, combined with its proprietary technology platform, will be used to transport drugs, vaccines and medical samples between healthcare facilities and patients in need across Kenya, starting with last mile delivery by the end of 2022.
These activities are a first for the region, as they include the first drone operation beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight and demonstration approvals, which were launched in close collaboration with the Authority. Civil Aviation Authority of Kenya to ensure safety and compliance with local rules.
Swoop Aero will deploy all of its technology infrastructure and drone logistics experience into the latter venture, with local Kenyan experts Astral Aerial Solutions operating the network in close collaboration with drone infrastructure provider Skyports, to rapidly improve access to routine and emergency medicine, vaccines and pathology. In the region.
“We are delighted to extend Swoop Aero’s service to Kenya in partnership with Astral Aerial Solutions and Skyports, in what will be a first for the region. Kenya represents the 14th country in which the Swoop Aero technology platform has supported BVLOS drone logistics regulatory approvals Regulatory approvals and operations will enable Swoop Aero to provide integrated drone logistics service to 100 million people by 2025,” said Eric Peck, CEO of Swoop Aero.
Swoop Aero’s existing integrated logistics platform will be extended to allow the transfer of samples and medical supplies with cold chain delivery, as well as remote access operations and ease of integration with the network of existing healthcare in the region with little additional infrastructure.
Astral Aerial Solutions, a Kenya-based drone operator, provides local aviation knowledge history and will offer a world-class healthcare solution to first and last mile customers in partnership with the premier logistics hub integrated drone from Swoop Aero.
“We are delighted to partner with Skyports and Swoop Aero to bring last mile delivery solutions to Kenya. This partnership presents a unique opportunity to reduce delivery times and increase accessibility to healthcare and services. “other industries that may support drone logistics in the future.” said Kush Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aerial Solutions.
Skyports previously worked with Swoop Aero to deliver and distribute COVID-19 supplies across the UK, saving over 11,000 hours of pathology wait time with flights covering 14,000km.
Speaking about their new venture, Skyports Director of Drone Services Alex Brown said, “This week, Astral Aerial Solutions, Swoop Aero and Skyports made the first deliveries of drones beyond line of sight ( BVLOS) from Kenya. These first flights represent the first key step in our plan to bring drone deliveries to Kenyan communities, improving connectivity, logistics and healthcare.”
The integration of drones into the Kenyan health system through this partnership presents a significant opportunity to improve access to healthcare across Kenya, with the capacity to deliver scalable and sustainable services and supplies. With initial operations focused specifically on medical supplies and the healthcare industry, Swoop Aero will be developing additional applications for drone logistics across the country in the coming months.
The addition of the Kite™ aircraft to Swoop Aero’s technology platform supports real-time tracking, capture and analysis, and will further enable additional cross-industry functionality including aerial mapping and surveillance , search and rescue capabilities, and emergency response and disaster management.