This Earth Day help Apellix with Project Breathe Which Aspires to use Tethered Drones to Spray a NAS
The Apellix Project Breathe aspires to use tethered drones to spray paint a NASA-developed compound that removes smog and pollution on US Highway noise barriers.
Not only is clean air important to the earth, outdoor air pollution is also one of the world's biggest human health problems. Long-term exposure to air pollution can have negative impacts on physical health and wellbeing – including cognitive functioning. One common visible measure of air pollution you can see with your own eyes is smog. Smog is a leading risk factor for premature death; responsible for 3.4 million deaths worldwide each year.
In the US, transportation contributes over 55% of NOx emissions, a major component of smog. NO x is a generic term for the nitrogen oxides that are most relevant for air pollution, mostly nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO 2). These gases contribute to the formation of smog, acid rain, and negatively affect tropospheric ozone. NO x gases are produced from the reaction of nitrogen and oxygen during the combustion of fuels.
NASA has developed a sprayable photocatalytic surface treatment that transforms harmful NOx gasses into simple harmless substances to clean the air. This environmentally friendly water-based product coating neutralizes the harmful NOx gases with a photocatalytic activity of Titanium Dioxide and natural sunlight to turn the gases into harmless substances: water, CO2, and nitrate salts. One lane mile (or 6000m2) will remove one ton of NOx per year – year after year. This is equivalent to reversing the polluting effect of cars driving 650,000 miles.
The US Highway systems noise barriers represent over 3,300 linear miles of sprayable flat vertical surface surrounding emission-producing environments. Apellix has developed patented spray painting aerial robotic systems (drones) and so proposes applying the air cleaning surface treatment to the US Highway noise barriers potentially reducing the smog of millions of car trips.
Why wait, paint the walls now. If you have another use case for Apellix Breathe please let us know, we would love to hear from you.
Apellix, an early-stage software company based in Jacksonville, Florida, has developed an aerial robotic platform with patented software and sensor arrays that control precision flight to complete a wide range of tasks currently too expensive or too dangerous to otherwise perform. Video examples of Apellix drones at work can be on the Apellix Website. www.Apellix.com