Researchers in Malaysia have come up with an innovative way to turn fibres from pineapple leaves into a material strong enough to make drone frames. The new drone frames are cheaper and lighter than regular drone frames and have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than frames made with synthetic fibres.
According to Professor Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan from Malaysia’s Putra University, a prototype ‘pineapple drone’ has already been tested in the real world, with the device being able to fly to a height of around 1,000 metres and stayed airborne for a total of 20 minutes.
“We are transforming the leaf of the pineapple into a fibre that can be used for aerospace application, basically inventing a drone,” Mohamed Thariq told Reuters.
Another benefit of using fibers from pineapple leaves is the fact that it is biodegradable. If the frame of the drone is damaged beyond repair, the owner could simply bury it in the ground and it would degrade within two weeks.
The researchers behind the project now aim to create a larger version of the drone that would be able to carry bigger payloads, including imaging sensors for agricultural use.
Take a look at the invention below:
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