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

Country

Rwanda

Year Flights Began

2016

Contact Organization

Zipline

Evidence Generated

Total # of successful flights

30,000+

# of Months of Sustained Flights

45

Average # of Flights Per Month Carrying Payload

695

Average Flight Distance Achieved

100 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

1.5 kg

Average Flight Speed

101 km/h

Estimated Population Served By Flight Operations

8,000,000

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

Ongoing

Contact Person

Israel Bimpe
israel.bimpe@flyzipline.com

Other Partners

Ministry of Health - Republic of Rwanda, Rwanda Biomedical Center

Payload

Blood and blood products; emergency, specialized, and essential medicines; emergency and routine vaccines

Geographic Scope

Nationwide, 2 Distribution Centers, over 450 health facilities

Funding Source

Rwanda Ministry of Health, Gavi, UPS Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Drone Technology

Drone Supplier

Zipline

Model Name

Zip UAV 1st Generation, Zip UAV 2nd Generation, Zip UAV 3rd Generation

Method of Flight

Fixed wing

Propulsion

Electric motor

Power Source

Battery

Payload Capacity

1.8 kg
25 x 25 x 15 cm

Maximum flight time with full payload in still air

180 minutes

Radio Links

LTE (3G/4G)

Delivery method

Parachute

Role

Delivery only

Are major repairs possible on-site?

Yes, with spare parts manufactured by Zipline