Swoop Aero uses 3D printers to create drones at their warehouse in Port Melbourne. The drones are then sent to remote communities around the world to fly critical medical supplies to patients. Ticker’s Ahron Young met with Swoop’s Eric Peck at their warehouse for this BTS look.
The latest financial injection will be used to fuel Swoop Aero’s growth by preparing for production at scale.
Swoop Aero is focused on using drones to deliver on-demand healthcare for people in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
Co-founder Eric Peck wants the company to expand its global footprint.
The work in the Congo comes on the heels of Swoop Aero winning a commercial contract from UNICEF and the Vanuatu government to deliver vaccines across 80 volcanic islands.
The start-up is working with the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Gavi, the vaccine alliance, to carry out flights in DRC. Over the initial five days of the trial, Swoop conducted 50 flights to and from the Mbandaka hospital, covering more than 2000km and delivering two months of vaccines and critical medical supplies for four health centres.