Nige­rian Stu­dent Puts Drone-Satel­lite in Flight

Nigeria Communications Week - - Front Page - Bankole Orija

OLUWASEYI Falola, a grad­u­ate of the Depart­ment of Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Fed­eral Univer­sity Tech­nol­ogy, Akure, has built FUTAHe­liosat, a mini-satel­lite that also func­tions as a drone.

A state­ment by the in­sti­tu­tion said when FUTA-He­liosat was ex­hib­ited on the grounds of the School of Engi­neer­ing and Engi­neer­ing

Tech­nol­ogy on Tues­day, Dean of the School, Pro­fes­sor Aremu

Ak­in­tunde, de­scribed it as a crit­i­cal ad­di­tion to the search for lo­cal and vi­able tech­nol­ogy for the coun­try.

It added that FUTA-He­liosat started two years ago un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Dr. Oluwatosin Dahunsi, can climb to heights, cap­ture sen­sa­tions in the at­mos­phere ac­cord­ing to the task as­signed it, take read­ings and re­late data back to a ground sta­tion for anal­y­sis.

It can also serve as nor­mal drone for aerial surveillan­ce and lands on wa­ter, when nec­es­sary.

Pro­fes­sor Joseph Fuwape, in­sti­tu­tion’s Vice-Chan­cel­lor, said the school will con­tinue to give Falola, who with the help of Pro­fes­sor Bello and Dr Fo­lasade Dahunsi, fine-tuned the pro­ject when he re­turned for his mas­ter’s de­gree, all the sup­port he needs to reach his full po­ten­tials and con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

Ex­cited Dr. Oluwatosin Dahunsi said most of FUTA-He­liosat’s com­po­nents were lo­cally sourced, ad­ding that some of the sen­sors were im­ported, but cal­i­brated to fit into Falola’s mode.

He noted that with fur­ther fine-tun­ing and sup­port from rel­e­vant agen­cies, FUTA-He­liosat can be mass pro­duced for se­cu­rity and other func­tions.

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