Drones spreading millions of sterile mosquitos to combat Zika and other diseases

Aedes mosquitos, responsible for the spread of diseases like Zika, dengue and yellow fever, do not disperse for more than 100 meters in their lifetime. They are also fragile, and high-altitude releases by airplanes can damage their wings and legs.

Drones are being used to spread millions of sterile mosquitos a week.

Sterile mosquitos were being released using time-consuming and labor-intensive ground methods. Drones can treat 20 hectares in five minutes. Each drone can carry 50,000 sterile mosquitos per flight. The drones being used cost about 10,000 Euro per drone. Overall the cost of releasing mosquitos is halved.

WeRobotics drones are being used in the program.

There is a funded program to reduce the drone’s weight and to increase its capacity to carry up to 150,000 mosquitos per flight.

WeRobotics Drones for many other humanitarian programs

Werobotics has flying Lab drones and on-site training courses in developing countries to teach how to acquire data with drones and create data products to address a variety of applications, from pre/post disaster management to development, health, agriculture and nature conservation.

Their training programs tracks allow us to build capacity that contributes to 7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

They improve public health services in remote areas by field testing and implementing appropriate cargo drone solutions while developing the policy, technical and data solutions necessary to ensure safety and effectiveness.

In June 2017, WeRobotics teamed up with the Peruvian Ministry and other partners to field test a fleet of affordable cargo drones in the Amazon Rainforest

WeRobotics is working on a fleet of robotic catamaran delivery boats that are able to autonomously transport medicines between different islands or along rivers.

Small scale model tests of the catamaran cargo drone boat