Drones are gadgets that have brought a renewed air when it comes to technological innovation. They have gradually become accessible objects for leisure and also widely used for professional purposes, namely for photography and video.
Now a group of Malaysian researchers has revealed a drone built from recycled pineapple leaves.
Malaysia creates drone with recycled pineapple leaves
A team of Malaysian researchers developed a methodology for transforming the fiber found in pineapple leaves into a durable material. Through this method, this material could then be used to build structures for drones.
The research group belongs to the University of Outta, Malaysia, and this project is being led by Professor Mohamed Sultan. Researchers are working to find sustainable ways to use pineapple residues from farmers in the Hulu Langat region, near the capital Kuala Lumpur.
The process involves transforming the pineapple leaf into a fiber that can then be used as a cheap and disposable part for drones. In addition, the evolution to something bigger, such as aerospace equipment, is also being considered.
An environmentally friendly drone
According to Mohamed Sultan, drones made from bio-composite material have a higher strength / weight ratio than those built from synthetic fibers. And they are still cheaper, lighter and easily disposable.
In short, the parts of the drone are biodegradable, which makes it an environmentally friendly gadget.
Currently the prototypes are in the testing phase and are capable of flying at a height of about 1,000 meters and remain in the air for roughly 20 minutes.
The researchers intend to increase the size of the drones and also the load that they can support. In this way, it will be possible for these gadgets to serve different situations, such as agriculture and aerial surveillance.
The objective is to offer innovative solutions to farmers, with a view to greater and better yield. In addition, according to William Alvisse, of the Malaysian Unmanned Drone Activist Society, an NGO involved in the project, the intention is also to make the agricultural experience more pleasant.
Thus, the project, which was launched in 2017, is expected to increase the revenue of pineapple producers in the Asian country.