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

Country

Vanuatu

Year Flights Began

2019

Contact Organization

UNICEF

Evidence Generated

Total # of successful flights

27

# of Months of Sustained Flights

3

Average # of Flights Per Month Carrying Payload

9

Average Flight Distance Achieved

36.5 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

Average Payload Carried per Flight

2.9 kg

Average Flight Speed

73 km/h

Estimated Population Served By Flight Operations

24,000

Duration of flight permission

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

Results measured

  • Operational costs
  • Supply chain performance
  • Operations and financing models
  • Health outcomes or impact

References to Findings

Related Project Phases

Implementation Details

Status of Project

Completed

Contact Person

Tautvydas Juskauskas
tjuskauskas@unicef.org

Other Partners

Vanuatu Ministry of Health and Civil Aviation Authority

Payload

Vaccines and medical equipment

Geographic Scope

Erromango and Pentecost Islands

Funding Source

The Global Fund, UNICEF, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) innovationXchange

Drone Technology

Drone Supplier

Wingcopter

Model Name

178 Heavy Lift

Method of Flight

VTOL fixed wing

Propulsion

Electric motor

Power Source

Battery

Payload Capacity

6.0 kg
103 x 87 x 57 cm

Maximum flight time with full payload in still air

22.5 minutes

Radio Links

LTE (3G/4G) and UHF radio

Delivery method

Winch

Role

Delivery only

Are major repairs possible on-site?

No, must be sent out or materials sent in