Windhorse Aerospace develops edible drone ‘Pouncer’ to deliver humanitarian aid
Windhorse Aerospace, based in the UK and founded by Nigel Gifford, is developing partially edible drones that can deliver supplies to civilians in hard-to-reach disaster areas. Since the drones are controlled remotely, no pilots will be at risk of getting shot down.
The ‘Pouncer’ drone is being tested with a variety of foods, including pasta, which has one-tenth the strength of aluminium. All food will also have to be culturally and religiously acceptable to recipients.
The plan is to build three models, all launched from either an aircraft or from the ground and can carry different weights and travel different distances. So far, Gifford and his team have flown several prototypes made mainly out of wood, which will eventually be replaced by food.