Phase 0 Technology Demonstration
Phase 1 Safety & Feasibility Testing
Phase 2 Measuring Effectiveness
Phase 3 Expanding Impact



Year Flights Began


Contact Organization

Birat Nepal Medical Trust

Evidence Generated

Total # of successful flights


Max flight distance achieved

6.7 km

Type of flight permission secured

  • No permission required
  • VLoS
  • BVLos
  • Other – see full data set

Location of Flight Permission

  • Site specific permission
  • Broad geographic permission
  • Other – see full data set

Level of stakeholder engagement

  • No engagement needed
  • Engagement of regulatory bodies only
  • Stakeholders at landing and takeoff sites oriented
  • Community outreach campaign targeting takeoff and landing site and wider community

Max payload carried per flight

1 kg

Maximum flight speed

64.8 km/h

Duration of flight permission

  • One-time
  • Limited duration
  • Unlimited duration
  • Other - see full data set

Results measured

  • Surveillance image
  • Benefits not evaluated
  • Transportation time
  • Product quality
  • Costs
  • Health worker impact
  • Environmental impact
  • Other – see full data set
  • Results not measured
  • Contact organization for more details

References to Findings

Related Project Phases

Implementation Details

Status of Project


Contact Person

Dr. Maxine Caws

Other Partners

Nepal Flying Labs, WeRobotics, DroNepal, Nepal Ministry of Health and Population, Pyuthan District Public Health Office, Impact TB, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


Tuberculosis sputum samples

Geographic Scope

Flights between 2 hospitals and 8 health posts in Pyuthan district

Funding Source

Nick Simons Foundation, Stony Brook University, Birat Nepal Medical Trust

Drone Technology

Drone Supplier


Model Name


Method of Flight



Electric motor

Power Source


Payload Capacity

6.0 kg
22 x 14 x 16 cm

Maximum flight time with full payload in still air

29 minutes

Radio Links


Delivery method



Delivery, collection, still, video and multispectral imagery

Are major repairs possible on-site?

Yes, with spare parts