IIT­K de­vel­ops so­lar­powered UAV

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - UTTARAPRADESH - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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