New partnership launched to implement first-of-kind drone deliveries in Kenya

Kenyan drone operator, Astral Aerial Solutions, autonomous drone technology developer and network operator Swoop Aero, and Skyports have announced that they have conducted Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries in Kenya. These flights represent a major step for drone logistics in Kenya and are the key first step in the partnership’s plans to launch permanent drone deliveries by Q1 2023.

The partnership will provide last-mile drone operations for the health sector to transport critical medical cargo, including samples, vaccines and medicines, to healthcare facilities across hard to reach regions of Kenya.

The project will be led by Astral Aerial Solutions, a provider of drone services in Kenya for agricultural, mapping and survey purposes, and the first drone operator to be awarded BVLOS flight certification by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), according to a press release.

Astral Aerial Solutions will operate Swoop Aero’s integrated drone logistics platform and work closely in partnership with both Swoop Aero and Skyports, drone service providers with ongoing commercial BVLOS drone operations across Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. The partners have operational and regulatory expertise having received BVLOS regulatory approvals across 12 countries globally.

The partnership launched initial flights in May 2022, with the completion of over 50 test flights. Permanent drone delivery operations are set to begin by Q1 2023.

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