If you missed it, the future of aid delivery is here! Windhorse Aerospace – a British company – is constructing edible drones which is said to be the next revolution in humanitarian aid delivery.
The prototype of the edible drones Windhorse is developing will be built with a variety of food items. While the drone can deliver enough food, water, and fuel for up to 50 people, the aircraft itself is made up of edible, starch-based thermoplastic that can also be used for shelter or additional cooking fuel.
From our gatherings, a prototype of the Pouncer unmanned aerial vehicle will be tested in the United Kingdom in April. If the test is successful, the drones will start delivering food to places like South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria before the end of 2017.
Speaking about the edible drones, founder of Windhorse Aerospace, Nigel Gifford said: “We are looking at a variety of foodstuffs that could be used. Honeycomb is really robust.”
Meanwhile, Financial Times reported that the chief executive of Save the Children, Kevin Watkins commented that drones are absolutely irrelevant for resolving acute hunger.
To Watkins, drones are only “good at killing people and blowing things up.” He argued that the idea of edible drones is unrealistic and described Gifford as “someone who’s come up with a crackpot idea based on the assumption that technology can solve all problems.”
Windhorse Aerospace nonetheless, maintained that aid will, for the first time ever, be delivered accurately to those in desperate need with the revolutionary and unique Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV).
Windhorse contended that there were over 125 natural disasters last year. Relating that to the areas of conflict across the globe, the company proclaimed that the number of people starving have reached breath-taking levels.
“Access to the people affected can be restricted due to the loss of infrastructure and many other dangers. Also, traditional methods of deploying aid can be ineffective, inaccurate or just impossible to use.
“Windhorse has developed a specialist UAV called POUNCER™ that will be loaded with appropriate food, transported to the disaster area and fly independently to its pre-planned destination and land accurately into the selected landing zone, avoiding all infrastructure problems, corruption or hostile groups while saving time, money and more importantly lives.
“POUNCER™’s pre-formed shell can be reused to provide shelter, the frame can be burnt safely to cook food, and the payload, which is food and water, provides life saving nutrition,” stated the company.