DARMSTADT (dpa-AFX) – The Hessian start-up 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 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 in the vicinity of TU Darmstadt announced on Monday that it had raised another 22 million dollars (around 18.1 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./ceb/DP/zb