This Earth Day Learn How Apellix Tethered Drones Can Spray a NASA-Developed Photocatalytic Compound to Remove Pollution from the Air

Celebrating Earth Day, the Apellix Project Breathe aspires to use tethered drones to spray paint a NASA-developed compound that removes smog and pollution from the air on US Highway noise barriers and elsewhere in the built environment.

Jacksonville, FL, April 24, 2021 --( Apellix, protecting the worlds built and industrial environments through technology, is celebrating Earth Day with the Apellix Project Breathe which aspires to use tethered drones to spray paint a NASA-developed compound that removes smog and pollution from the air [1] that can be used on US Highway noise barriers.

Not only is clean air important to the earth, outdoor air pollution is also one of the world’s biggest human health problems. Long-term exposure to air pollution can have negative impacts on physical health and wellbeing – including cognitive functioning. One common visible measure of air pollution you can see with your own eyes is smog. Smog is a leading risk factor for premature death; responsible for 3.4 million deaths worldwide each year. [2]

In the US, transportation contributes over 55% of NOx emissions, a major component of smog.(3) NO x is a generic term for the nitrogen oxides that are most relevant for air pollution, mostly nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO 2). These gases contribute to the formation of smog, acid rain, and negatively affect tropospheric ozone. NO x gases are produced from the reaction of nitrogen and oxygen during the combustion of fuels.

NASA has developed sprayable photocatalytic surface treatment that transforms harmful NOx gasses into simple harmless substances to clean the air just as plants do. This environmentally friendly water-based product coating neutralizes the harmful NOx gases with a photocatalytic activity of Titanium Dioxide and natural sunlight to turn the gases into harmless substances: water, CO2 and nitrate salts. The impact is powerful. One lane mile (or 6000m2) will remove one ton of NOx per year – year after year. This is equivalent to reversing the polluting effect of cars driving 650,000 miles. (4)

The US Highway systems noise barriers represent over 3,300 linear miles of sprayable flat vertical surface surrounding emission producing environments. (5) Apellix has developed patented spray painting aerial robotic systems (drones) and so proposes applying the air cleaning surface treatment to the US Highway noise barriers potentially reducing the smog of millions of car trips. (6)

Contact Apellix for more information and to learn how you can help. Why wait, paint the walls now. If you have another use case for Apellix Breathe please let us know, we would love to hear from you. Please visit the Apellix website or contact Apellix at or +1-904-647-4511.

(1) Apellix Breathe coating, powered by Pureti, licensed from NASA
(2) Outdoor Air Pollution
(3) Smog, Soot, and Other Air Pollution from Transportation
(4) Apellix Breathe coating, powered by Pureti, licensed from NASA
(5) Noise Barrier - Linear Miles and Unit Costs of Barriers by Height (1963-2016)
(6) Apellix

About Apellix
Apellix, an early-stage software company based in Jacksonville, Florida, has developed an aerial robotic platform with patented software and sensor arrays control precision flight to complete a wide range of tasks currently too expensive or too dangerous to otherwise perform. Video examples of Apellix drones at work can be on the Apellix Website.
Bob Dahlstrom