Swiss WorldCargo partners Flying Donkey Challenge

Swiss WorldCargo is providing logistical and other support to Switzerland’s La Fondation Bundi, a nonprofit organisation, for the first staging of the Flying Donkey Challenge (FDC), which will be held in Kenya in November 2014.


Swiss WorldCargo partners Flying Donkey Challenge


Swiss WorldCargo is providing logistical and other support to Switzerland’s La Fondation Bundi, a nonprofit organisation, for the first staging of the Flying Donkey Challenge (FDC), which will be held in Kenya in November 2014. Under the Challenge, universities and corporations from all over the world will demonstrate the capabilities, safety and benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed to meet cargo transportation needs in rural areas of Africa and other remote parts of the world. Swiss WorldCargo will be providing logistics support for the FDC teams and their equipment between their place of origin and the Challenge venue. WorldCargo is also sharing its expertise and experience in the global air cargo market to help participants to understand the potential practical applications of the knowledge developed.

Some 33 teams from Africa, Australia, Europe, India and North America have applied to participate in the first FDC, which will take place this coming November. “Multidisciplinary teams of engineers, designers, lawyers, regulators and business partners will be collaborating to demonstrate the benefits and promote the acceptance of ‘flying donkeys’ – cargo robots with a maximum takeoff weight of 60 kilos that could play a crucial role in the future of logistics and offer great transport opportunities, especially in fast-growing economies with infrastructure gaps such as Africa,” says Simon Johnson, the director of the FDC.