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Swoop Aero: Our Story

Swoop Aero: Our Story

Swoop Aero was founded to reimagine how healthcare is delivered to everyone, everywhere.

Swoop Aero gives organisations access to the air, to move essential products, on-demand, to places that are otherwise impossible to reach.
It all started in 2017 when our founders got asked a question: could a drone be used to transport chemotherapy medication in regional Australia?

The simple answer is yes; rapid advancements in the last 10 years in microelectronics and sensory systems have brought technology to the point where it is possible.

But the real question was: how could we design a system to deliver these essential medical supplies by air, safely, reliably, and cost-effectively, every day of the week?

Eric, an Air Force Pilot turned management consultant, and Josh, a robotics engineer with a background in industrial automation, set out to solve that problem— and so Swoop Aero was born.

We’ve built the team

Creating a logistics network based on autonomous aircraft is something almost nobody in the world knows how to do. To make this technology commercially operational, at scale, we go to the most challenging environments in the world, and set up our two-way transport networks.

Based in Melbourne, we’ve been quietly scaling one of the only teams in the world that can be trusted to deliver safe and reliable airborne mobility services.

Our leadership team combines seven engineering degrees from the top Universities in the world; three sets of Air Force wings with over 8,000 operational flying hours; 50 years combined experience in on-demand logistics including at Rocket Internet, ShippingEasy, Foodora, and the UN; and business experience in the biggest technology companies and the most respected advisory firms in the world.

Our experts are trusted and backed by some of the best known and most successful venture capital firms in the Southern Hemisphere, including Tempus Partners, Right Click Capital, Blackbird Ventures, and Artesian VC.

We’ve built the processes

Our service is autonomous air transport, which means critical medical supplies delivered on-demand in under 60 minutes.

At Swoop Aero we believe that the challenges of providing drone logistics go well beyond the physical technology, so we don’t sell our aircraft. We do the hard work to overcome regulatory and safety issues, and leverage our expertise to maximise impact. The outcome is safe, reliable, and cost-effective healthcare logistics infrastructure, at a set monthly price.

Aviation safety is our highest priority, and we have used our experience at commercial airlines and in the military aviation environment to build processes from the top down. This isn’t just theoretical; our operational procedures have been validated by leading experts from regulatory authorities from Africa to the Pacific.

We’ve built the technology

Our 3D printed technology means that the people who operate our system can maintain it wherever they are, without having to rely on spare parts from across the world. We also leverage commercial off-the-shelf technology to keep costs low, and splice in our own R&D exactly where it’s needed, to offer an agile design solution that nobody else can.

Our hardware has no single point of failure; if something doesn’t go according to plan, onboard intelligence identifies the issue and takes the safest possible action, faster and more accurately than a human pilot ever could. Every flight is supported by machine-learning-enabled analytics in the cloud, so we can identify when a critical failure may occur, before it ever happens.

We can manage multiple aircraft flights, airborne anywhere in the world, from anywhere in the world, with just an iPad — even without an internet connection! We don’t need expensive infrastructure to support our operations; we believe in low impact ground systems and can be setup and operating almost anywhere in the world, in under 72 hours.

And last but not least, we’ve got the experience that counts

In 2018, we deployed the world’s first autonomous two-way air transport network in Vanuatu. On December 18th, Baby Joy became the first child in the world to be vaccinated with a vaccine delivered by drone under a commercial contract, thanks to a Swoop Aero aircraft delivery.

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The first vaccine is delivered by drone (Photo by Unicef)

We completed a four-month trial in Vanuatu, and proved our ability to revolutionise the healthcare supply chain with two-way logistics, through on-demand delivery of vaccines, pharmaceuticals, test kits, and other supplies. We even made life-saving emergency deliveries of Oxytocin. We gave healthcare workers the control they need to deliver better care, and focus on their jobs without having to worry about supplies.

In 2019, we have deployed an autonomous air transport network in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to support the regional vaccination program. The DRC is one of the most challenging environments in the world, and the healthcare system must deal with issues ranging from Malaria and Yellow Fever, to Ebola. We partnered with the Ministry of Health and supported VillageReach to prove that the Swoop Aero solution can be used to revolutionise the delivery of healthcare in the nation.

We are Swoop Aero, and we are itching to change the world for the better. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, we’d love to hear from you at contact@swoop.aero.

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