Drones are the modern technology revolutionizing the delivery of lifesaving medical and humanitarian aid in rural places. We are building a fit-for-purpose, state-of-the-art humanitarian drone, Project:Kestrel will eliminate the need for costly infrastructure. Using special GPS and image-detection software, the drone can land in the designated location and recipients can interact with the drone, meaning samples and supplies can be sent, up to 150km, the other way. By experimenting with materials such as bamboo, these drones use materials than can be made and repaired within local developing economies.
The fixed-wing provides a long range and endurance enabling the delivery of emergency medical goods over distances of 150 km. The VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Lift) aspect comes from four vertical take-off propellers ensuring a stable and responsive take-off and landing. This configuration enables the drone to be deployed from virtually any terrain, navigate confidently and detect and land at any specified waypoint.
Our drone is a hybrid, incorporating the characteristics of widely used drone designs, to achieve a configuration suited to our operations with reliable, peak performance. All whilst aligning with Project: Blueprint’s vision of empowering communities with locally-ran
Our drone is designed with reliability in mind. Incorporating global redundancy into the drone’s avionic system to routinely detect and provide failsafe responses guaranteeing consistent flight performance. Image detection software is incorporated into the drone to enable the detection of potential obstructions such as birds and trees. Integrated with a sense and avoidance protocol enables the drone to manoeuvre around such obstructions and continue its mission undisturbed.
The drone makes use of multiple waypoint identification methods to verify its drop-off location. Employing GPS with our image detection software produces a near perfect waypoint tracking regime. Our drone has learnt to recognise our landing pattern – a hollow circle similar to our company logo – to that it can accurately detect and track the landing point. This allows the drone to be commanded to land anywhere as the beneficiary can prepare the logo pattern, by means as simple as marking the ground, at their desired location.
Using low-cost materials available to our end users means local operators can comfortably handle the drone. This ensures reliable and consistent service and maintenance and provides local employment opportunity, aligning with our work philosophy.