21-year old Indian student makes drone, seeks funds to upgrade it
A 21-year old boy, Subhanjan Saha (computer science student from Manindra Chandra College) from the city of Kolkata, India has built a drone from scratch and is now seeking help to upgrade it so that it can become one of the most sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the country. The three by one meter, remote controlled drone is loaded with high definition cameras capable of 180 degree movement and while in the air can easily scan area of 10 km. To juice it up rechargeable batteries are used and can last for an average of 60 minutes in one go before again recharging for the next flight. It took Saha 4-5 years for engineering and making this UAV draped in tricolor. Although the body of this drone is made from not so durable thermocol material due to budgetary constraints but the electronic components have been imported from abroad. To have an idea of this young geek’s determination to make this drone, let me tell you that he has been saving money all these years to buy the expensive components for building one.
# According to Saha
I used to save the money that I got from winning various competitions over the years. My earnings from giving tuitions also contributed to the budget that stands at Rs. 80, 000 to Rs.1 lakh per drone. The electronic parts are very expensive in India. So I got a friend to help me out with net-banking and placed orders online.
The irony is that Saha has written to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) regarding funding this project so that it can be upgraded but there has been no response so far. If Saha manages to amass the money needed then the drone will be capable of weather forecasting, attacking ground base and everything else that a drone should be capable of.
This young geek has a dream of strengthening the country’s defense system and has made this drone coinciding with this dream. I would suggest him to put it up on crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter if he wants it to available to the general public but since we are talking about drones and national defense, therefore it would be better if the government organizations look at this project seriously.
# Saha added by saying
We are trying to open a dialogue with the central government but if it does not respond, we will go with the private agencies.