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November 23, 2018

A look at a window washing drone that can be used to clean buildings

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A drone that can wash the windows of skyscrapers and extinguish fires will be in the UK next year after its makers received interest from customers following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Equipped with 14 propeller blades, the drone can wash tall buildings by using high pressure water hoses that extend from its square frame.

It weighs around 90kg and is tethered to the ground with a hose that supplies the water and electricity for cleaning. The large drone can also be attached with ropes from the roof of the buildings it is washing, in order to prevent it from falling to the ground.

Drone operators can monitor and film what the drone is doing using high definition cameras.

The aircraft was created by Aerones, a San Francisco-based company founded by two Latvians, Dainis Kruze and Janis Putrams, in 2015.

Aerones claims it is 20 times quicker at cleaning buildings than human window cleaners using conventional baskets and lifts to conduct work.

It also states it could be used to put out fires in tall buildings, aiding firefighters that find it difficult to reach the upper floors of skyscrapers.

The drone can also be used to clean, paint and de-ice wind turbines, a process that is extremely difficult for humans.

Keep reading in The Telegraph


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