Drones Are Being Made Out of Pineapple Leaves in Malaysia

Drones can be made of any material, but pineapple leaves?

To reduce agricultural waste, researchers in Malaysia recently discovered that pineapple leaves, which are usually thrown away after harvesting, contain a strong fiber that is perfect for making frames for drones.

Professor Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan of Putra University in Malaysia, who led the research, told Reuters that drones made from the biocomposite material have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than those made from synthetic fibers for cheaper and lighter ones unmanned flying machines. Even better, if the drone flies or crashes and can’t be found, most of the materials would degrade within a few weeks and do less damage to the environment than regular drones, which suffer the same fate.

The team’s discovery is all the more apt as the long-term plan is to use the drones to perform various operational-related tasks such as: B. monitoring plants or carrying payloads.

The current prototype of a drone can fly up to 1,000 meters and remain in the air for around 20 minutes before a charge is required.

When the drone project started three years ago in a region about 60 km from Kuala Lumpur, local farmers sometimes burned the pineapple leaves at the end of the annual harvest, causing air pollution. Turning the leaves into a building material helps reduce waste, resulting in less combustion and fewer pollutants entering the atmosphere.

The researchers hope that their work will inspire other scientists to develop additional ways to make good use of agricultural waste as part of efforts to improve the environment and support agricultural communities.

Local farmer Irwan Ismali told Reuters that recycling the leaves to make a building material could “have a huge financial impact on the community, especially small farming groups.”

Check out this guy (video included) who turned a pizza into a quadcopter to see people building drones out of unusual materials. Really. A pizza.

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