Thought blasting liquid nitrogen into the atmosphere alla Mr. Freeze was a half-baked idea? Well apparently now government agencies are thinking of launching smog-busting drones that freeze PM2.5 particulates by spraying them with chemicals. Face. Palm. SMCP reports:
The drone has been developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China and has a paragliding wing, which allows it to carry three times more weight than the fixed-wing version, making it more efficient and cost-effective.
Premier Li Keqiang said in his speech at the National People’s Congress in Beijing yesterday the government would “declare war” on pollution. It would focus, in part, on reducing PM2.5, the fine particles of pollutants thought to be most harmful to people’s health.
The mainland has used aircraft and fixed-wing drones to spray chemicals to disperse smog for several years, but the developers claim the latest design is 90 per cent cheaper and more efficient to operate.
The manufacturer has already carried out about 100 hours of test flights, Ta Kung Pao reported.
The chief executive of the company, Ma Yongsheng, said the drone could carry 700kg of smog-clearing chemicals that could be used over a five-kilometre radius, the newspaper reported.
Then again, they’re banking on the fact that it’ll be actually effective at neutralizing the majority of harmful particulates from ground level to above skyline within that five km area. Yeah, it sounds kind of like cleaning a BP oil spill with a handy wipe. Not to mention the possible health hazards of the smog-freezing chemical. Hopefully they’ll prove us wrong….