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


Democratic Republic of the Congo

Year Flights Began


Contact Organization


Evidence Generated

Total # of successful flights


Max flight distance achieved

37 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

2 kg

Maximum flight speed

115 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

Olivier Defawe

Other Partners

DRC Ministry of Health, WeRobotics, Cyclops Air


Dummy payload

Geographic Scope

Circuit of the Congo River in Mbandaka, Equateur

Funding Source


Drone Technology

Drone Supplier

Swoop Aero

Model Name


Method of Flight

VTOL fixed wing


Electric motor

Power Source


Payload Capacity

3.0 kg
19 x 12 x 9 cm

Maximum flight time with full payload in still air

60 minutes

Radio Links


Delivery method



Delivery & collection

Are major repairs possible on-site?

Yes, with 3D printer