In the event of natural disasters or war, not only humanitarian aid will benefit, but also its packaging and even the aircraft itself, with which it is delivered. Aviation engineer and extreme sportsman Nigel Gifford is set to bring a similar concept to life in the form of a rescue drone, consisting of materials necessary for survival.
The Pouncer drone is a compressed wood frame with small, versatile motors for steering while gliding. The drone's body consists of containers with food and supplies, its outer shell is sealed and can function as an awning or become part of clothing. The instructions in the pictures outside the case will explain how to disassemble the car and build a house out of it, make fuel for the hearth, and make essential items from parts.
The filling of the containers and the creation of instructions will be handled by professional rescuers, according to the conditions in the disaster area. The Pouncer is versatile, cheap and suitable for use in most climates. An armada of drones are dropped from a transport plane at an altitude of 7 km and glide paths up to 100 km using a simple GPS navigator. They can maneuver around a dangerous place and land with a small parachute.
A fully loaded Pouncer is 75 kg of humanitarian aid, a chance for fifty people to hold out for at least a day away from civilization. The cost of the vehicle itself will not exceed $ 200; their mass production can be deployed even in the field. The first prototype will be tested at NASA next year.