IITK develops solarpowered UAV
Scientists at the aerospace science department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) have developed the country’s first solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can come in handy during border surveillance.
According to senior professor and the key man behind the project Dr AK Ghosh the UAV can remain in the air for about eight hours using power generated through Sun rays.
He said the UAV needed 180 watts power supply for flying while it generates 250 watts energy through solar power. The UAV could be used effectively to guard the borders and also help in tracing the areas infested with Naxals and other terror groups. Besides, scientists have also developed two more unique UAVs that would prove to be an asset for the army. Dr Ghosh said all the three UAVs have cleared flight tests. One of the UAV’s is Quad-rotor vehicle which is the first UAV developed after the popular ‘drone’.
The 8.5-Kg quad-rotor or multi-rotor UAV has a 29 CC engine and can remain in the air continuously for hours. It required two litres of fuel and could be refueled in the air with the help of small drones.
Besides, it can also give live telecast of the area over which it flies.