IIT Bom­bay’s ‘Chatur­pak­sha’ makes waves


Amini quad-ro­tor drone de­vel­oped and built by a team of stu­dents at IIT Bom­bay is mak­ing waves, stand­ing out in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion held by the Min­istry of Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy. The MICAV 14 com­pe­ti­tion has the team emerge run­ners up with their ‘Chatur­pak­sha’ drone, which pre­vi­ously bagged third place in the in­ter­na­tional IMAV 2013 com­pe­ti­tion in France last Septem­ber. De­vel­op­ment on the drone be­gan in Jan­uary 2013.

“The in­dige­nously de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured car­bon fi­bre struc­ture has been op­ti­mised over nu­mer­ous it­er­a­tions, high qual­ity ned­dymium mag­net mo­tors and highly ef­fi­cient pro­pel­lers have been care­fully cho­sen through sim­u­la­tions,” says the team, com­pris­ing Nikunj Kothari, Prasanna She­vare, Gau­rav Ten­dolkar and Chin­may Das. The Chatur­pak­sha auto-pi­lot is also op­ti­mised for in­door au­ton­o­mous flight. Along with such prod­ucts as the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion-IdeaForge Netra drone, the Chatur­pak­sha could evince in­ter­est among the armed and para­mil­i­tary forces, as well as po­lice ser­vices across the coun­try, which have unan­i­mously ex­pressed re­quire­ments of tech­nol­ogy to meet ur­ban war­fare and short-range in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing. SP

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