A group of researchers from IIT Kharagpur have designed a super drone that promises to be of great aid to the country especially in war zones.
The drone named BHIM (named after a character in Hindu mythology called Bhima) is likely one of India’s first such super-powered drones that is entirely indigenous.
The team even developed all the algorithms to control and guide the drone.
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How the drone works
The drone has been designed to efficiently enter war zones and set up communication networks between civilians, soldiers and even rescue teams through Internet of Things (a grid that connects everyday objects to the internet). Wherever the drone flies, it immediately provides Wi-Fi in the 1 km radius. It has a battery life that allows it sustain itself during long flights and it is big enough to fly while also carrying emergency supplies – something that will be invaluable during a crisis.
Sudip Mishra, a faculty member of the computer science and engineering department spoke to Times of India about this project noting that this can also be used effectively in disaster management. He said, “Disaster management becomes much easier through seamless wireless communication that only the internet can provide. However, when disaster strikes and Wi-Fi facilities on the ground are destroyed, an aerial Wi-Fi broadcast can come as a boon since radio communication has limited reach.”
The team was able to not only keep the drone relatively lightweight but by using only made-in-India products, they were able to cut costs too. Hence the drone now costs only a fourth of what a similar drone used in surveillance will cost in India. The team for now has shown their product to Defence Research and Development Organisation and are hoping that soon BHIM becomes one India’s own super-soldiers.