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Pouncer drone can be packed to the propellers

Rendering of the Pouncer disaster-aid delivery drone

Pouncer drone can be packed to the propellers with disaster relief

Source: New Atlas

Delivering life-saving supplies to victims of natural disasters and war zones often relies on inexact air drops requiring good weather to pull off. The Pouncer, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Windhorse Aerospace, would land accurately at disaster sites with a design that allows for the utmost utility of its parts. Its hollow wings and body can be packed with food, water and medicine, the pre-formed shell used as shelter, and the frame burned for cooking fuel.

The Pouncer would be launched from a C-130 Hercules transport plane at a typical height of 10,000 feet (3,000m)
The Pouncer would be launched from a C-130 Hercules transport plane at a typical height of 10,000 feet (3,000m)

Company founder Nigel Gifford, who’s experience includes a stint in the British Armed Forces designing feeding programs for soldiers in hostile environments, helped develop the Ascenta drone, which was bought by Facebook in 2014. He’s also an aeronautical engineer, veteran skydiver and successful Everest mountaineer.

Vacuum-packed food, water and medical supplies would be integrated as partial components within the wings and body of the Pouncer
Vacuum-packed food, water and medical supplies would be integrated as partial components within the wings and body of the Pouncer

For the Pouncer, Gifford told New Atlas he, “had the original idea a year ago as a solution to getting food aid into Syria.” Traditional methods of aid delivery include dropping boxes via parachute, which can miss their mark and thus go to waste. The parachute itself is often a wasted byproduct as well; they can sometimes be reused, but collecting and repacking them is difficult and costly. Also, some drop zones are potentially dangerous, putting aircraft and crew at risk. Continue reading about the disaster relief drone…

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