H.E the President of the Republic of Sierra leone, Government officials, Academics, Students, Journalists and the Community gathered at Njala University, Njala Campus for the launch of the National drone corridor.
DSTI in collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA), UNICEF, Njala University, and other development partners has been working on a project to design and build a dedicated drone corridor. This will facilitate the use and testing of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) within a segregated airspace designated for drone flight and allow for the development of a regulatory framework for drone operations. The Drone Corridor will include a physical hub at Mokonde (Njala Campus), Taima with drop zones at Njala, Bo campus and the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology Campus in Magburuka. The Corridor will be open to industry, universities, other agencies, and individuals who apply and meet predetermined air corridor criteria.
The Drone Corridor which is the first in West Africa, will be employed for use case testing varying from the delivery of life saving medical supplies, aerial imagery to prevent floods, mudslides and other hazards, disaster response, mapping and connecting schools, city planning, agricultural use cases, monitoring and Surveillance of mines, fish stocks, protected zones etc.