Introducing project

The Drone

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. 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.

LANDING & SUSTAINABILITY

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.