A Senegal man is attempting to prove he can build and sell drones, or unpiloted aircraft, in his home country.
Mamadou Wade Diop has experience working with drones in the photography and health industries. Diop, who calls himself Dr. Drone on social media, can also fix drones. In fact, he is one of the few people in Senegal's capital Dakar who can repair them.
But recently, he decided to take his knowledge of the devices a step further. He is trying to build a drone made entirely in Senegal.
Diop's goal is to use local materials and skilled workers in Senegal to make the drones. However, not all of the necessary materials are available right now. But Diop told VOA he wants to prove that it is possible to make the technology in his home country.
Diop says he has been able to communicate with other drone makers in France and China through the internet. He has learned about their experiences to help him progress with his home-grown drone project.
Diop plans to build his first locally-produced drone for use in the health industry. The drone will be designed to spread chemicals to prevent mosquito reproduction. Mosquitoes can carry and spread serious diseases.
One of the materials needed for Diop's drone is a carbon fiber that is not available in Senegal. He says he ordered the material from China, but then worked with local iron workers to shape the pieces for his drone. He got aluminum from a broken refrigerator to form part of the body for his drone.
Mamadou Diallo is the owner of a photography shop who often uses Diop's drone services. Diallo said there is not a large market for drones in Senegal right now. But, he said demand for the flyers is rising.
Diallo says he wants to support Diop's efforts to create the first "Made in Senegal" drone. Diop welcomes the help, saying it is important to start making drones locally before foreign companies come in and begin selling them at much higher prices.
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此人名为马马杜，他曾在摄影业和健康行业跟无人机打过交道 。马马杜在社交媒体上称自己为“无人机先生”，他还可以修复无人机 。实际上，他是塞内加尔首都达喀尔为数不多的可以修复无人机的几人之一 。
不过，最近，他决定进一步了解无人机 。他正在努力建造一只完全由塞内加尔建成的无人机 。
马马杜的目标是用当地的材料和技术工人在塞内加尔制作无人机 。不过，不是所有必备材料现在都具备 。不过，马马杜在接受VOA采访时表示他想证明在自己的祖国制造无人机是有可能的 。
马马杜表示自己一直在通过互联网跟法国和中国的其他无人机制造商交流 。他学习了他们的经验，帮助他推进本国的无人机项目 。
马马杜计划在塞内加尔建造第一只无人机，并用于健康行业 。这只无人机设计的初衷是播撒化学物质，阻止蚊子繁殖 。蚊子可携带并传播严重疾病 。
马马杜无人机所需的一种材料是碳纤维，但塞内加尔没有碳纤维 。马马杜表示他从中国预定了材料，但然后他又跟本地的钢铁工人一起合作，为无人机的原件塑形 。无人机机身的部分用了一台破旧冰箱上的铝 。
迪亚洛开了一家摄影店，这家店经常用马马杜的无人机服务 。迪亚洛说，塞内加尔的无人机市场还不大 。不过，迪亚洛说，飞行器的需求在上涨 。
迪亚洛表示自己想支持马马杜关于“塞内加尔制造”第一批无人机的努力 。马马杜表示欢迎，他说，在外企进驻塞内加尔并以高出很多的价格出售之前，塞内加尔自己开始制造本土的无人机是很重要的 。
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