Rwanda may become the host of the world’s first cargo drone port. Proposals for the introduction of cargo drones in the country include the construction of three drone-port buildings due for completion by 2020.
Architecture firm Foster + Partners, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and its linked Afrotech company have introduced the plan to launch drones with a three-metre (10-foot) wingspan able to carry deliveries weighing 10 kilogrammes. The rolling landscape of Rwanda – also known as ‘the land of a thousand hills’ means physical access to some areas is a challenge.
ENCA reports that the drones are to carry blood, medication and other life-saving supplies over 100 kilometres. Delivery by air will become an affordable alternative to road-based deliveries. Larger drones with a six-metre wingspan will be capable of carrying payloads of 100 kilogrammes.
The project proposal said: "Cargo drone routes have utility wherever there is a lack of roads.” "Just as mobile phones dispensed with landlines, cargo drones can transcend geographical barriers such as mountains, lakes, and unnavigable rivers without the need for large-scale physical infrastructure."
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