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Edible Drone to Offer Aid in Disaster Zones

A U.K. company has developed a lightweight edible drone that could deliver life-saving supplies to remote areas in times of disaster or conflict.

Edible Drone to Offer Aid in Disaster Zones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), named Pouncer, which costs £150 ($183) is made of an edible, starch-based thermoplastic and can either be eaten or used as shelter after being delivered to recipients.

The drone's main feature is its 3m wingspan containing compartments that can be filled with 50kg of vacuum-packed food, water and medical supplies and delivered directly to people stuck in disaster zones.

According to developers at Windhorse Aerospace, the company behind the drone, the Pouncer could be launched from a military aircraft or from ground sites in the first hours of a disaster and deliver enough food to feed 80 people for a day.

Nigel Gifford, ex-army catering officer and founder of Somerset-based Windhorse Aerospace, told The Times that the concept was inspired by the vast distances skydiving wing suits could travel.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), named Pouncer, which costs £150 ($183) is made of an edible, starch-based thermoplastic and can either be eaten or used as shelter after being delivered to recipients.

The drone's main feature is its 3m wingspan containing compartments that can be filled with 50kg of vacuum-packed food, water and medical supplies and delivered directly to people stuck in disaster zones.

According to developers at Windhorse Aerospace, the company behind the drone, the Pouncer could be launched from a military aircraft or from ground sites in the first hours of a disaster and deliver enough food to feed 80 people for a day.

Nigel Gifford, ex-army catering officer and founder of Somerset-based Windhorse Aerospace, told The Times that the concept was inspired by the vast distances skydiving wing suits could travel.

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Edible Drone to Offer Aid in Disaster Zones