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21-yr old Kolkata student develops a drone

Posted: 03 Sep 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:unmanned aerial vehicle  drone  Defence Research and Development Organisation  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 

Subhanjan Saha, an engineering student from Kolkata, has designed a three metre by one metre unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone. Saha believes the drone will be good enough to be used by the Army for surveillance and security operations, especially along the turbulent borders with Pakistan and China.

The 21-year old student from Manindra Chandra College, Kolkata has written to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for funds and help to upgrade his drone, but government authorities are yet to respond.

"I have written to the DRDO and Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), but there has been no positive response yet. It's built from basic materials but is capable of camera surveillance, weather forecasting, attack and defence and much more only if the authorities can fund the upgradation," Saha told IANS.

Saha's drone is made up of scrap metal, pieces of plastic, and cheap Chinese-made contraptions, and packs enough power to fly 10km at a stretch at a height between 5,000-10,000 feet, take clear ground photographs with a high-resolution camera and instantly relay them back to its operator, as reported by The Times of India. "Saha has also equipped it with "bomb-dropping" and "rocket-launching" abilities, though he admits they are essentially rudimentary and he needs expert guidance as well as access to superior technology to make his prototype effective."

The manufacturing cost of the drone is estimated at Rs.90,000.

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