Two companies are envisioning the world’s first “Droneport,” which will ship and deliver emergency supplies to people in remote parts of Rwanda.
Great news! The world’s first airport for drones is intended to become a hub for shipping and delivering emergency supplies to people in remote parts of Rwanda.
As BBC reports, the “Droneport” is designed to ship cargo by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to locations where roads are unreliable or don’t even exist. This will give people access to needed medication and healthcare previously only rarely available. The Droneport will also provide space for other services, such as a health clinic and post room.
Locals will be commissioned to build the open, valued airport structure using local materials.
The hub will allow people to build, service, and dispatch two types of drones. The smaller “Redline” will transport lightweight, critical supplies such as blood, and the larger “Blueline” will deliver larger loads that aren’t as urgent.
Foster + Partners collaborated with Afrotech to envision the hub and the concept for the unmanned aerial delivery network. Eventually, they see Droneports becoming more commonplace among remote parts of the world.
If you think about it, it’s a brilliant vision. Droneports could act as refueling and repair stops for drones the same way gas stations have become part of the infrastructure of highway traffic.
“We’re aiming for the project to spread across the continent, creating connectivity in countries that are less connected than Rwanda,” said lead designer lead designer Narinder Sagoo.
Construction is set to start in 2016, and the buildings are scheduled to be completed by 2020.
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