A team of Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur+students is developing drones using indigenous hardware and software.
The drones are being developed as a part of the institute’s Aerial Robotics Kharagpur (ARK) initiative. They are being created and built at the Centre for Excellence in Robotics. The funding for the same is done by Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy (SRIC) facility of the Institute and is about Rs 5 crore for 12 projects.
They drones will be capable of autonomous flight, easily used to control aerial vehicles, localisation in GPS-denied environments, and tracking and interacting with mobile ground robots as well as other drones etc. The applications will help to track during search and rescue operations where human interaction is impossible due to inaccessibility or life risks. These drones or aerial robots can be used in agriculture technology, mine surveying, surveillance etc. This initiative is headed by Somesh Kumar of the Department of Mathematics.
The student team members include Soumyadeep Mukherjee, Pratim Das, Sai Ram, Gaurav Gardi, Kumar Ankit, Kumar Krishna Agarwal, Aditya Agarwal, Manash and Vishnu Sharma. This group, the only team from India recently competed in the International Aerial Robotics Competition held at Beijing, China. They had created a hexacopter designed of wood. The team received ‘Best Team Cooperation Award’ for their winning performance.
Congrats and all the best wishes to them !