The Drive for Reforestation - With Drones
New tree planting drones, developed by BioCarbon Engineering and Parrot, can autonomously plant up to 10,000 trees per day to fight against deforestation. These drones can efficiently plant trees, as well as access remote areas.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an estimated 15 million trees, or 18 million acres of land, are lost every year. Out of this immeasurable amount of trees lost, only 9 million of the trees are planted. Agriculture is one of the biggest drivers for deforestation, with vast swathes of forest cleared to make way for the cultivation of crops. Sadly, humans have not done much to help this one-sided situation, so this is a great initiative to get behind. That’s why BioCarbon Engineering and Parrott, a drone manufacturer, have teamed up to quickly and cheaply plant trees, eliminating deforestation. This drone base system is able to plant trees at 85% less of the cost and 10 times as faster as humans.
BioCarbon Engineering has organized these tree-planting drones are in fleets of about 6 drones each. To understand where the germinated seeds must be planted, the drones must first have to recognize and read the terrain. To do this, each fleet will create a 3D map of the terrain in which they will plant on, through the use of GPS and computer vision technology. Theoretically, each fleet will be able to deploy one seed per second, amounting to about 100,000 seeds planted each day. To combat the fear of dominance of tree-species in the newly planted area, the seeds packed in these drones are of different species, which will help maintain a diverse ecosystem. Not only will these seedlings grow out to clean the environment, but it will provide homes for all the animals who are currently endangered from this deforestation crisis.
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