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Food by air: introducing the edible drone!

21 February 2017

Pouncer’s pre-formed shell can be reused to provide shelter, the frame can be burnt safely to cook food and the payload, food and water, provides lifesaving nutrition.

Pouncer (Credit: Windhorse Aerospace)

Access to people who need lifesaving food and water is often restricted due to known/unknown dangers or loss of infrastructure. Designed by Windhorse Aerospace, Pouncer can provide aid to those in need. 

The UAV (unmanned air vehicle) is designed to be loaded with food and water, transported to a disaster area and fly independently to its pre-programmed destination. It will also land accurately into a selected zone, avoiding all dangers from surrounding infrastructure or hostile groups. Pouncer can be launched at a stand-off range of 35km or more.

It comes in three sizes and is based on a common clipped-delta shape, delivering low wing loading that can achieve a better than 8:1 glide ratio. Payload masses range from 20-50kg meaning that up to 50 survivors can be feed for one day.  

Most importantly, and rather uniquely, Pouncer’s pre-formed shell can be reused to provide shelter and the frame can be burnt safely to cook food or provide warmth. According to Business Insider, the plan is for the wings to become edible (type of food unknown at the moment) and the compartments in the main body will be packed with different foods. 

Phil Harrall, CEO, Windhorse Aerospace said “from the outset, Pouncer has always been thought of, by us, as multi-purpose. The original concept was to provide ‘food from the air’, and while that's still vastly important, flexibility is the key to everything in aviation. We therefore looked into medical aid, including the use of transporting vaccines, general aid such as blankets and clothing and allowing a mixed load of all of these aid packages. From talking with the World Food Program, Oxfam and other NGO’s it’s the flexibility of Pouncer and its carrying capability that has their interest.”

Video courtesy of Windhorse Aerospace.


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