This is the first ever ‘humanitarian’ drone which has been made by the students at the institute. So far, we know that drones have been used for security purposes. Drones can help connect people in many ways and also provide essential services.
Now students at IIT Kanpur have made a unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from scratch, this drone will be beneficial in transporting medicine from one place to another.
This drone is a ‘humanitarian’ drone as it will help deliver medicines in Malawi, which is a country located in Africa. The Government of Malawi and UNICEF has launched an air corridor for potential humanitarian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones.
This is the first of its kind in Africa and unique in the world for the application of drone with a focus on humanitarian and developmental purpose.
The drone is currently being tested for activity involving medicine delivery at Malawi as part of UNICEF drone corridor.
This solution would facilitate delivery of critical supplies to remote areas which are not easily accessible by other means. It is possible, that the drone might be used to transport medicine to remote rural areas in the future in India.
Features of the drone:
- The current Rotary Wing Unmanned Air Vehicle (RUAV) developed at IIT Kanpur is capable of lifting 3 kg of useful payload and fly for over 2 hours.
- The best range speed of the RUAV is 75 km/hr and the top speed can easily reach 120 km/hr.
- The UAV uses regular petrol as its fuel, which enables it to achieve better performance than battery powered drones.
- The autopilot which is ‘brains’of the RUAV for fully autonomous operations has been fully developed by the students.
- The trial in Malawi would allow to test the capabilities of the existing platform. The feedback received would allow us to enhance the design further.
- IIT Kanpur team would be heading to Malawi for trials and demonstration in the near future