Smog Clearing Drone to be Tested in Fighting Pollution
China is planning to test a new smog clearing drone as parts of the country’s effort in solving its worsening pollution crisis. Trials for the unmanned aerial drone will be done at airports and seaports during this month and will be managed by the China Meteorological Administration together with aviation experts.
According to the CEO of the State Owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China, Ma Yongsheng stated that their company have already developed the first parafoil unmanned aerial vehicle that can carry up to 700 kilograms of smog clearing chemical which an be used in a 5 kilometer radius. For several years now China are using drones and airplanes in spraying chemical in the air that freezes pollutants, giving the pollutants time to fall to the ground for proper disposal.
The drone is equipped with a parasail and can carry around three times the amount of weight compared with fixed wing drones and around 90 percent cheaper to operate. Maintenance and purchase costs of new drones are also 20 to 30 percent cheaper compared to other types of chemical disbursing machines.
Drones are easier to control and needs no complicated requirements when landing which is suitable for small airports and seaport conditions. Drones are also used in emergency rescues, aerial photography, surveying, agriculture in spreading seeds and disaster relief.