Swoop Aero Kookaburra Aircraft

Swoop Aero Kookaburra Aircraft has been selected as an ABA100® Winner for Product Innovation in The Australian Business Awards 2020. The Australian Business Award for Product Innovation [PIA] recognises products and services which improve business processes for new and existing market needs.

Swoop Aero is an aeromedical logistics company, which was founded in August 2017 by Eric Peck and Josh Tepper. The company deploys a managed air transport service and provides a full aviation system, which transforms the way the world moves essential medical supplies. The primary objective of the company is to reverse the current status quo, which is that 50% of the global population lacks access to basic healthcare, and an estimated 100 million people are pushed into ‘extreme poverty’ due to the costs associated with healthcare expenses. The intended impact of Swoop Aero operations is to secure access to essential healthcare supplies for everyone, everywhere, and thus, dramatically improve in the health outcomes of the global population.

The Swoop Aero aeromedical logistics service facilitates the provision, transportation, and quality of essential healthcare supplies through the deployment of small autonomous drone networks. The drone networks strengthen the local health supply chain and increase the provision and availability of essential medical commodities for remote and regional communities globally. The rapid development, expansion and growth of Swoop Aero operations is attributed to the commercial success of the aeromedical logistics product.

The Swoop Aero Kookaburra aircraft was first commercialised as a product in December 2018, following the commencement of flight operations in Vanuatu. Swoop Aero deployed a network of small autonomous aircraft, which delivered on-demand healthcare supplies quickly; cutting delivery times from 2 days down to 20 minutes. These operations optimised the local health care supply chain, by allowing healthcare workers to deliver care rather than walk the long distances to acquire the resources they needed for their patients. The Swoop Aero network was the first two-way, long-range commercial drone vaccine delivery solution in the world, which provided the first commercially viable drone-delivered vaccine to Baby Joy in the rural village of South River. In Vanuatu, Swoop Aero worked alongside Unicef and the Vanuatu Ministry for Health to establish and expand drone network operations.

The value proposition of Swoop Aero adheres to the 3 pillars of service delivery: safe, reliable and sustainable air transportation. The innovative design, manufacture and operationalization of the Swoop Aero aircraft is best demonstrated by the success of flight operations in several countries.

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