Delivery to remote corners: German drone is to become a vaccine messenger


Delivery to remote corners
German drone is said to be a vaccine messenger

Thinly populated archipelagos or regions that are difficult to access have to wait longer for drugs such as the corona vaccine. A delivery drone from Germany is supposed to change that. Thanks to a financial injection in the millions, the Wingcopter should now go into series production.
 The  Hessian startup company Wingcopter is getting ready to use drones to deliver corona vaccines to remote areas of the world. “Even before the crisis, we supplied 19 villages in a successful pilot project in the South Pacific island state of Vanuatu”, reports Wingcopter managing director Tom Plümmer in Weiterstadt near Darmstadt. In Malawi, Africa, they are currently maintaining a delivery network for medicines in collaboration with Unicef ​​and the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and at the same time training local drone experts at an academy.


 The  company from the TU Darmstadt has announced that it has raised a further 18 million euros in risk capital. Investors are the Californian Xplorer Capital and the Hessian growth capital fund Futury Regio Growth. Wingcopter wants to use the fresh money to get into the industrial production of their delivery drone, of which a greatly improved new version will be presented in the coming months. To this end, production is to be set up in a former 6500 square meter e-bike factory in Weiterstadt near Darmstadt, as Plümmer reported. “We have brought in experts from automobile production, with whose know-how we are currently building series production. In the future, we want to build tens of thousands of drones there.”


 The  team is expected to grow from around 100 people to more than 130 this year. Wingcopter GmbH competes with global companies such as Google or Amazon for the development of high-performance delivery drones. ©

 The re have already been joint projects with the logistics companies DHL and UPS, as well as with the Darmstadt chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck. ©

 The  device from Hessen, equipped with wings, can ascend vertically and then fly on the route like a propeller plane even in adverse weather conditions.


 The  key innovation is the tilt rotors developed by co-founder Jonathan Hesselbarth, which Wingcopter had already patented in 2012. Production is also planned in the USA, where the Wingcopter is currently in the process of being approved by the FAA. Basically, Plümmer expects a strong increase in demand for civil delivery drones worldwide. This market will outstrip military uses in the middle of the decade.

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