Ex-Nasa man to plant one billion trees a year using drones

The system could be a serious boost for the planet’s forests


A start-up company named “BioCarbon Engineering” specializes in developing drones and is going to use this technology to conduct reforestation as a way to combat the heavy deforestation taking place on the planet.

In other words, the company is going to use drones to quickly plant seeds that will eventually grow into trees. Their plan is to plant one billion new trees each year. The best part is they can do all of this remotely without ever having to put a person on the ground.

As of right now, there are 26 billion trees getting destroyed through deforestation per year. What’s worse is only 15 billion new trees get planted in order to make up for it. This still leaves 11 billion fewer trees per year.

The drones will fire pods containing pre-germinated seeds at the ground


The reason fewer trees are replanted is because the replanting is normally done by hand. This makes it a much slower and repetitive process. But with this new drone technology which promotes reforestation, it could possibly change this by speeding up the process and allowing more trees to be replanted in a shorter amount of time.

The way the drones plant the trees is by flying a few meters over potential landmass and then they shoot out seed pods into them. The seeds contain a nutritious hydrogel and are pre-germinated. There is no digging involved so the drones can just keep on flying and firing out seed pods.