World’s First Drone Port in Rwanda

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Mar 28

British architect, Lord Norman Foster, is planning on building the world’s first “drone ports” in Rwanda.

Madhumita Murgia reports that British architect, Lord Norman Foster, is planning on building the world’s first “drone ports” in Rwanda.

Lord Foster, the British architect who built the iconic building Gherkin in London, plans to build drone ports which will “host a health clinic, digital fabrication shop to make spare drone parts, a post and courier room, and an e-commerce trading hub.” Murgia states, the drone ports are to be designed as a row of vaulted brick structures. The objective of the drone port is to “transport urgent medical supplies and electronic parts to remote parts of East African country via unmanned flying vehicles or drones.”

Further, Murgia reports that there will be two parallel networks of drones (Redline drone and Blueline drone) in each drone port. Redline drones will deliver medical and emergency supplies (weighing up to 10 kilograms). The Blueline drones will be able to deliver heavier equipment such as, electronics and e-commerce items (weighing up to 100kg).

There will be about 2.2 billion people in Africa by 2050, or 1 in 4 inhabitants of the planet will be African. How can their infrastructure even think about keeping up with this expansion?

Lord Foster

Murgia incorporates Lord Foster’s quote from the Telegraph into the article: “There will be about 2.2 billion people in Africa by 2050, or 1 in 4 inhabitants of the planet will be African. How can their infrastructure even think about keeping up with this expansion?” Lord Foster expresses further concern that there are not enough bridges, continental motorways, and tunnels that can reach people living in “far-flung” areas of the continent.

Murgia states that the drones are estimated to be able to cover 44 percent of Rwanda. Lord Foster hopes to eventually expand the plans across Rwanda and into neighbouring countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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