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This famous architect is building the world’s first ‘droneport’ in Africa

September 21, 2015

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A drone (UAV) is pictured flying over Reims, on February 27, 2015. Investigators in Paris have been left puzzled by a string of drone sightings over Paris, even as three journalists for TV station Al-Jazeera were arrested on February 26, 2015 for flying one from a park on the edge of the city. Witnesses and security forces reported at least five sightings overnight Tuesday to Wednesday and a similar number the night before. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)Photograph by Francois Nascimbeni — AFP/Getty Images

One question every drone-flyer has to ask is how they are going to land the thing. One famous architect is taking steps to change that in one city in Africa.

Lord Norman Foster, a British architect who has built several famous buildings in his home country, is building a “droneport” in Rwanda, reports the UK Telegraph. The droneport would, in theory, be used to help transport supplies like medicine throughout the country.

“There will be about 2.2 billion people in Africa by 2050, or 1 in 4 inhabitants of the planet will be African. How can their infrastructure even think about keeping up with this expansion?” Foster told the Telegraph.

One example of how the drones could be used? Water. If a water pump breaks in a remote village, it can take serious time for a replacement to get out to it. With a fleet of drones housed at the droneport, that time could be seriously cut down.

For more on how the droneport will work, head to the Telegraph.