Everywhere online and on TV there are news about the cyclone in Burma, the earthquake in China and many other natural disasters that cause thousands of deaths every year and leave behind even more refugees. How can we solve this problem? How can we help all those people?
Andrew Leinonen seems to have it all figured out. He especially designed an airship concept covered in solar panels that can be used in rescue operations. It can be flown into a disaster area to provide all the needed power to the rescue effort.
Considering the size of this thing (20 m long), it can produce up to 125 kWh per day which is more than enough to power 25 shallow water pumps and provide clean water for some 12,000 people. Or it could keep 400 medical refrigerators on.
In order to do all these, the solar airship must be anchored and needs its own power box. Another important aspect of this flying rescuer is that it can fly autonomously to simplify the operations. Though it’s just a concept design, it sure seems useful except when rescue operations are being deterred by storms and bad weather.