Ex-Nasa engineer to plant one billion trees a year using drones


Now THIS is cool! We destroy and consume at a rate we will be out of all the things we need to live in under 1 year. This, if it is given the go ahead will re-balance our World. We cut down 10x football fields of trees in just one day in the Amazon rain forest. This must be addressed and fixed. Thankfully an ex clever NASA lad has an idea. Lets see if Corporate America will allow him to heal our world. With tree’s being our Oxygen it is silly and suicidal to cut down and not replace so this is brilliant news


As upwards of 26 billion trees are cut down every year and only 15 billion are replanted, we’re facing a deficit.  As seed bombing has taken on a new meaning, airplanes are retrofitted to drop seeds instead of bombs; the potential for replantation is vast.  One engineer claims to be able to replant 36,000 trees a day with the use of drones and will replant one billion trees per year at 15% the cost of hand plantation.

Biocarbon Engineering Pitch to Rich
Via Matthew Ritchie on You Tube

 Lauren Fletcher, former engineer at NASA and CEO of BioCarbon Engineering, has developed drones that will carry pre-germinated seeds, dropping them in pods from 3 meters above the ground.

The seeds are coated with a nutritions hydrogel, which Fetcher believes will make for much more effective seeding than traditional airborne attempts.  Though it is not as effective as hand planting on a seed by seed basis, it has the capability to plant thousands of times more seeds and only needs one worker to pilot multiple drones.

A prototype wowed crowds at the Drones for Good competition in the United Arab Emirates and the company hopes to have fully functioning models by the end of the summer of 2015.

A Startup wants to plant a billion trees using drones
Via GoodLife on You Tube




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