Valuing the African Genius

Mathurin Oboukangongo is a researcher from Congo-Brazzaville. After several months studying maintenance books of military helicopters, he started manufacturing his own two-seater helicopter in March 2008.

Alpha 516, the name of the chopper, is manufactured with carbon resin obtained from the mixture of chemicals made by the researcher himself.

Mathurin Oboukangongo

Source: Oboukangongo

The chopper should be able to land on water and will be equipped with a GPS system, infrared cameras and other devices capable of recording marine reefs. So far, the helicopter’s manufacturing cost is about €20,000 and is only 75-80% complete.

To reach 100% completion, the inventor needs between €16,000 and €23,000. Therefore, a lack of funding and support have considerably slowed, if not put a halt to this initiative.

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Profile reviewed: December 30, 2016

First publication: November 2009