A Drone Made In India By A 21-Year-Old Student
A 21-year-old computer science student in India has come up with a design for a drone bomber aircraft made of scrap metal. Subhanjan Saha is studying at Manindra Chandra College in the Indian state of West Bengal. The unmanned aircraft cost Saha Rs 60,000 and he is hoping that the Indian army will buy his design.
The prototype is capable of dropping bombs and launching rockets. But Saha admits that the machine’s operational effectiveness needs to be improved. So he has written to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to fund and help upgrade his drone so that it can be deployed for the country’s defence and in other spheres.
When he was asked about the existing drone technologies, he said – “Although I don’t know the exact details of all the drones across the world, I’m familiar with the mechanisms. In fact, I didn’t know what I was making was a drone until I made it.”
The battery-operated drone, codenamed Safety Aircraft for India (SAFI), can fly at an altitude of 5,000 to 10,000 feet and has a range of 10km. It carries high-resolution cameras that could relay live pictures to an operations centre.
Equipped with two 180-degree high-definition cameras (one in the front and one in the back), the aerial vehicle is remote-controlled.
“It is powered by rechargeable batteries and is eco-friendly. At a stretch it can go on for 40 to 90 minutes with an average of 60 minutes. If I get help from the authorities, then it can be transformed to function longer,” explained Saha.
In order to prevent interception of the pictures taken by the drone, the young Indian student is also working on anti-hacking technology.