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The electric VTOL-fixed wing drone for urgent medical delivery

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€1 978 750
EU Contribution
€1 385 125
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Medical supplies like pharmaceuticals, vaccines or blood are often kept in central laboratories, to minimise costs. However, this means that supplies are often urgently transported on roads in densely populated areas and cities, where urbanisation is expected to reduce transport speed by 30 % to 50 % in the next 3 years. Novel solutions are needed to ensure on-demand and timely delivery of urgent supplies.

The world is becoming more densely populated, which challenges our current healthcare system. The discernible acceleration of urbanisation will further decrease the average urban road transport speed with 30-50% in the next 3 years. Meanwhile many tasks like stock-keeping of blood and vaccines, and laboratory services are centralising for cost minimisation. Thereby increasing both the number of transports and transport distances of urgent medical supplies. The result is that road logistics operators are no future-proof solution to assure in-time delivery of urgent medical supplies.


The EU-funded SkySaver project offers the breakthrough solution of a cost-efficient, specialised, medical delivery drone. Known as the SkySaver, it has been developed by Avy for the urgent transportation of clinical specimens, blood, pharmaceutical supplies, drugs and vaccines from and to hospitals, laboratories and production facilities. It will reduce the time of delivery by 30 % to 60 %, saving the lives of people in urgent need.

Avy has developed a medical delivery drone – the SkySaver - for urgent transport of clinical specimens, blood, pharmaceutical supplies, drugs and vaccines from and to hospitals, laboratories and production facilities. The SkySaver is a highly cost-efficient solution and can assure on-demand and in-time delivery of urgent supplies in populated areas over a distance of 150km. The SkySaver will deliver on average 30% faster than road courier, during rush hours the SkySaver is even 60% faster, while the transport costs are less than conventional urgent road transport. The SkySaver is the breakthrough solution disrupting the medical distribution industry enabling fast, cost-efficient and zero-emission delivery of urgent supplies. This will enable Europe to keep providing healthcare to people in need, and safe lives, every day.


Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€1 385 125


Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Vertical take-off and landing personal aerial vehicle
Development phase

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