Gujarat teen designs drone to detect land mines, bags MoU from govt worth Rs 5 cr

The drone can send out waves up to eight square meters while it is two feet above ground level.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:January 13, 2017 3:18 pm


gujarat, gujarat teen, vibrant gujarat summit, gujarat summit, drone design, teen drone design, india news The teen has already registered for the patent and has named his company Aerobotics. (Representational image)

A 14-year-old in Gujarat received a Rs 5 crore Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the production of drones designed by him, reported the Times of India. Harshwardhan Zala on Thursday signed a deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat for manufacturing drones that would be able to detect and defuse land mines on a battle field.

Speaking to The Times of India, he described the drone as a device being equipped with sensors and thermal meters along with a 21-megapixel camera for taking high resolution pictures. He said, “The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and a thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high resolution pictures as well.”

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The drone can send out waves up to eight square meters while it is two feet above ground level. These waves are able to detect land mines and send their location to the authorities. “The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine,” he told TOI further.

The teen has registered for patenting his design and named his company ‘Aerobotics’. “I started making drones on my own and set up an interface with a base station but realised I need to do more. So I fixed payloads that detect landmines. I have several other plans that I want to execute once the patent for this drone is registered,” he said.

The young teen drew attention in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit where the deal was signed for the designs he’d been working on since 2016. The building of the first two prototypes took Rs 2 lakh, which was provided by his parents and the third one costing Rs 3 lakh was paid for by the state.

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  1. P
    Jan 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    Something very fishy!
    1. J
      Jai hind
      Jan 13, 2017 at 11:52 am
      Congrats ..... Boys great work ...
      1. J
        Jai hind
        Jan 13, 2017 at 11:55 am
        Now don't link it with the flop show make in India .... Don't paint them with dirty political venom...
        1. M
          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Jan 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm
          I too feel so. How a fourteen year old boy could design such a complicated device? He must be just a high school student. Do they have such advanced knowledge to make such a device? If it is some engineering student one can believe. All those commented have praised this boy. I do not think anyone cared to think about it at all. It is the same people who praised Ramar Pillai when he duped many with his bio-diesel. The pity is this news will not be followed up and we will not know whether it was really successful or not.
          1. D
            Jan 13, 2017 at 11:46 am
            This isnt Make in India this is Made in India
            1. r
              Jan 13, 2017 at 8:26 pm
              look at the achievement of these teen, and see how inappropriate your comments;br/gt;97090.aspx
              1. L
                Jan 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm
                Not everyone goes to ancient schools like you. Read mad.. (rasa). If there is a will there is a way. In today's world you can get anything or everything from the internet. Try using google better to learn more
                1. R
                  rajan Karunakaran
                  Jan 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                  Appreciate the work of Boys work.
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