Ukraine Initiative By Drones
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U-AID has been created to bring immediate food and medication assistance for civilians in Ukraine where no one else can. One of the prime aims of U-AID is to deliver critical medical supplies such as drugs and blood to Ukrainian hospitals and locked locations where supply routes have been cut.
The delivery of humanitarian aid by land and by air to hospitals and other locations is an urgent challenge.
To bring critical aid where it is needed with minimal security risk, ASCENT is assembling a coordinated cargo drone operation, capable of delivering essential goods and much needed medical supplies and equipment to targeted locations.
Impact of one drone flight
Milk powder - Adult powder -
Dehydrated food packages - Energy biscuits - World Food Programme like food rations
Feeds 50+ babies per day
Milk powder for 4 servings/baby/day
Blood - Equipment - First-aid kits - Band-aids (gauze, cotton, syringes) - Afterburn Creams Anti-Inflammatories - Pain relievers
Saves 3+ lives
Close to 7L of blood/drone
Hygiene and others
Water and food purifier tabs - Body powder - Wipes- Diapers - Batteries
Survival Blankets - Flashlights - Soaps
Toothbrushes/paste - Clothes
Purifies 10,000L of water
Carrying Aquatabs 8.68mg tubs
Ascent will coordinate said effort with manufacturers, authorities, liaise with international organisations in charge of humanitarian support, lead the fundraise through Ascent Charity, and repurpose its platform for these operations. In the first phase of the initiative, the drones will take off from bases in neighboring countries. In a second phase, the already established and respected humanitarian corridors will be used to extend the reach-radius of deployed drones.
The first base and routes have been approved by the Ukrainian and Polish authorities. We will set up the first drone-base in the city of Zamosc in the east of Poland in a major logistic hub for essential goods for emergency situations. Daily, we’ll move drones into Ukraine and fly to positions indicated by the Ukrainian authorities to deliver humanitarian goods. We will start serving the city of Lvyv in the west of Ukraine, and then expand further east to Kyiv and beyond as soon and as far as possible.
U-AID has been endorsed and actively supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Kyiv, Kherson oblast, and Lviv local governments, the Nationale Police of Ukraine, and organized in partnership with the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
About Our Fleet
Ascent Charity partners with best-in-class drone manufacturers and operators providing the highest level of safety and reliability.
We start the operations with a fleet of 3 drones, with a range of up to 300km and a maximum payload of up to 10 kg.
Our drones fly 24/7, autonomously, with the remote pilot at the base
Our launching partner is Aerial Metric, a leading provider of cargo drones focusing on humanitarian missions.
More to come soon ...
What U-AID can do
Drones Deployed. 5 Bases
Aid Delivered / Day
Make a impact today !
Join us today by donating and sharing this fundraiser with your friends, family, and communities.
Your money will be used to:
Deploy a fleet of cargo drones
Run the operations on site
Train Ukrainian teams
About Ascent Charity
The mission of Ascent Charity is to provide humanitarian assistance and aid to vulnerable populations in times of crisis, poverty, economic collapse, and danger in order to meet their vital needs - nutrition and healthcare.
To help the U-AID initiative come through, Ascent Charity launched a fundraiser, and welcome contributions (financial or in-kind) from companies via direct contact.
The Answers You Need
Yes, and more than ever! They can go where no one else can! With roads and bridges destroyed, under threats of attacks or confiscation, and with high risk for human lives, a drone-automated air logistics solution is a unique effective alternative. Also, drones we operate are autonomous/unmanned and operate 24/7.
As illustrations, 1 drone flight only can air carry enough milk powder to feed 50+ babies for a day, blood to save 3+ lives of severely injured people, and Aquatabs to purify 10,000 L of water.
Are drones useful in such a crisis?
U-AID is set with preventive protocols such as: avoiding high risk areas, air drop with parachute when landing is not secured, transparent communication with all parties involved to reassure and protect flights (tracking, logs, communications, load pictures, etc.)
That said, operating in a crisis context means running the risk of losing assets. We sized our fleet accordingly up to 50 with 10 as backup assets.
How do you mitigate the risk of drones being shot down or suffering an accident?
You can donate to Ascent Charity non-for-profit organization directly through bank transfer.
Your name will be added to the “Hope Takes Flight” online dashboard, which will go live as soon as the drone operations come into effect.
With €10,000 worth of donations, you will be able to pick a name for a drone flight, where each drone flight will be broadcasted on Twitter in real-time, with a projection of up to 50 flights per day.
With €200,000 worth of donations, you will be able to name a drone. Special mention of the donor’s name on Ascent Charity’s communication such as website, Twitter, etc. Taking this initiative to greater heights, Ascent is also planning to enable donors to track their drone flights online, every day
How can you pledge your support?
You are donating to Ascent Charity. Ascent Charity is an independent charity registered in France (Loi 1901, W313036218, est. 2022) whose mission is to provide vital humanitarian assistance and aid to vulnerable populations in times of crisis via air transport. U-AID is an Ascent Charity program that has been endorsed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and is in charge of coordinating emergency actions initiatives.
To make U-AID happen, Ascent Charity closely works with the State of Emergency Service of Ukraine, AerialMetric and Ascent.
The State of Emergency Service of Ukraine is the division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, in charge of national crisis and emergency response.
AerialMetric is a leading provider of emergency relief drone operations supporting countries and international organizations such as WWF, The Global Fund, USAID.
Ascent is a leading air mobility company running operations such as air taxis, cargo and medical services in South East Asia, South America and the United Arab Emirates.
More humanitarian partners are expected to join U-AID.
Who I am donating to? Who makes U-AID happen?
Your donation will help Ascent Charity to fly humanitarian aid from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and other humanitarian partners by drone to people and hospitals in urgent need, especially where supply routes have been cut. The funds will be used to procure up to 50 drones (each at an average price of EUR 140,000), and cover operating, logistics, human resources, and training costs required to operate. 50 drones will deliver up to 1 ton of humanitarian aid per day, across our bases in neighbouring countries initially (Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova) and subsequently from secured humanitarian corridors and hubs in Ukraine. This procurement takes into account service availability rates and possible loss of drones in zones of conflict, despite comprehensive mitigation measures implemented.
U-AID is being set up to operate in two phases, during wartime and the rebuilding period. The full operation is planned to last for up to 6 months.
After the U-AID initiative, Ascent Charity will offer its capabilities for use in other emergency relief crises such as conflicts, or/and natural disasters around the globe.
How will my donation be used?
Our accounts are audited by an external auditor. This validates our accounts and certifies them. They are then approved by our members at the annual General Assembly of the association.
What controls are in place to ensure the proper use of funds ?
A confirmation email will be sent.
Your donation might be tax-deductible according to your country’s tax authorities. We encourage you to reach out to them to know more about the eligibility for a tax deduction or recognition of your contribution.
How do I get a confirmation for my donation?
The humanitarian aid to be carried out is initially provided by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Multiple other humanitarian organizations, public institutions and private companies struggling to transport critical goods by land where supply routes are cut and unsafe are also expected to make use of U-AID.
Who provides medical supplies, and essential goods to be carried?
Delivering aid to conflict zones remains extremely challenging due to damaged roads and life-threatening risks. Using drones to airlift and drop humanitarian aid not only minimizes the risk of losing human lives but is proven to be more cost-effective and strategic as it allows easy access to terrains that are considered inaccessible by ground personnel. The dynamic and complex context on the ground makes the drone of the highest relevance. Hence, the endorsement of U-AID by Ukrainian authorities.
U-AID is complex to set up, with many stakeholders coordinating across borders air operations in wartime. This includes diplomatic efforts, operations and logistics requirements, etc. Hence the time is taken to deliver a reliable and cost-efficient operation.
U-AID deliveries will be carried out in two phases. First, during the conflict time, the drones will take off from bases in neighbouring countries progressively, from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Moldova, and Slovakia. Once the humanitarian corridors have been established and secured, drone deliveries will be extended further in the country to achieve greater distances. Recent announcements are encouraging to trigger such in-country operations at the soonest. Under normal conditions, the drone will cover up to 300 Km, depending on its payload. Relay stations in the country are being set up to enable further reach. More drone partners are expected to join with aircraft capability up to 500 km distance. Second, during the rebuilding phase, drones will be deployed throughout the country to deliver goods and when possible help in assessing situations and rebuilding needs from the sky.
With military interventions happening dynamically across the country, the urgent need for an operation such as U-AID is increasing daily. Indeed, children remain in danger, hospitals keep receiving people in urgent need of blood and first aid, communities remain in lockdown without food or potable water. With this in mind, one drone flight can deliver milk powder to feed up to 50 babies a day, enough blood to save up to 3 lives, or enough tablets to purify up to 10,000 L of water.
How U-AID operationalizes this initiative?
Ascent Charity is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide vital humanitarian assistance and aid via air transport to vulnerable populations in times of crisis.
However, ill-intentioned parties might want to use drones for alternative cargo purposes. Against such risk, our preventive measures include but are not limited to:
Flight request and plan being approved by relevant authorities (including from host countries when applicable)
Screening and visual log of cargo content during inboxing and loading in drone phases, shared with relevant stakeholders, including diplomatic corps when necessary
Publication of cargo content on our social media channels
The operation to be handled by authorized personnel only, screened by relevant authorities.
Remote flight triggering and control from U-AID operational base only
Drop off of cargo by parachute only, without landing or stopover during approved flights
Continuous tracking of the drone during flight, shared with relevant stakeholders, including diplomatic corps when necessary
How can I be assured that drones are used for humanitarian purposes only?
Operating aircraft in a crisis context means running the risk of losing assets, either being shot down or suffering other types of destructive incidents. The initial sizing of the procured fleet of drones takes such risks into account. That said, U-AID is specifically designed to minimize the risks.
Regarding the risk of being shot down, preventive measures include but are not limited to:
The clear and exclusive mission statement of Ascent Charity is to provide humanitarian aid assistance only
Announcing every drone flight before take-off, published on Ascent Charity’s Twitter account with tags for all parties (Ukraine, Russia, and neighbouring countries), along with visual proof to dispel any doubts.
Tracking continuously every flight as per telecommunication possibilities. All drones are equipped with transponders enabling live tracking in normal times. However, the present context requires the use of alternative solutions, as telecommunication networks have been significantly affected.
Sharing all operations details with all stakeholders voluntarily and upon request with full transparency. This includes belligerent countries, host countries, as well as France where Ascent Charity is headquartered.
Regarding accidents, preventive measures include but are not limited to:
Flight planning and operation remotely controlled
The operation being performed by trained and authorized personnel only
Sensors and cameras on board with live stream (when possible)