Are drones solution to locusts currently ravaging the country?

As locusts continue to lay waste to hundreds of acres of crops, the focus is now shifting to how technology can be used to curb the menace.

On Monday scientists called for advanced technology as the current use of aircraft to spray the pests is proofing to be futile amid growing concerns over their rapid spread.

Geoffrey Nyaga, a drone expert at Astral Aviation’s Drone Solution, says the advances in drone technology has made it possible to have a variety of spraying UAVs that have impressive capabilities to combat the desert locusts.

“One of the distinguishing capabilities that drones offer above every other solution, is the ability to fly in swarms. Multiple drones are flown autonomously at once so as to cover more ground, thus combating the locust on multiple fronts,” he said.

 

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Geoffrey Nyaga is recent graduate in aeronautical engineering with a keen interest in unmanned aircraft systems. He is the current Chief Operations Officer at Astral Aerial Solutions, a drone operator based in Kenya. Geoffrey, who is only 25 years old, is perhaps more famously known for winning the 2017 IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards for the project titled “UAV Traffic Management Concept for Africa”. He shares an inspiring story from his upbringing from a remote village in Kenya, to building the first fixed wing drone in his country with his colleagues. He is currently on the forefront of promoting large cargo drones in various African countries. Furthermore, his dream is to safely manage all drones in the airspace using his drone traffic management idea designed with Africa in mind.

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