Kanpur: The technology behind drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is evolving very fast and is now beginning to have a big impact on our lives through applications ranging from spraying of pesticides on our crops, delivery of medicines and vaccines in remote corners of the country, maintenance of law and order through day/night surveillance.
Keeping all this in mind, at the behest of ministry of civil aviation, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) organized a ‘Drone Mela’ on the institute campus on Wednesday.
The focus of the event was to create awareness about drones to improve its acceptability among farmers and to encourage young students from schools to get motivated towards study in this fast-emerging area. The event was attended by various drone companies which showcased their products alongside the ongoing cutting-edge research at IIT-Kanpur demonstrated by various students and faculty members.
The chief guest for the occasion was commissioner, Kanpur Police, Asim Arun, deputy director, IIT-Kanpur, Professor S. Ganesh, chairman of FICCI Drones Committee, Rajan Luthra and joint secretary, ministry of civil aviation, Amber Dubey.
The dignitaries walked around the stalls put up and interacted with students and faculty members of IIT-Kanpur who have displayed their research and innovations related to drone technology. Various drone companies namely EndureAir Systems, VTOL Aviations, Terraqua UAV, Hubblefly Technologies and Pi Drones displayed their wide array of products for applications ranging from surveillance, mapping, seed bombing, surveying, emergency medicine delivery and crowd control.
Prof. S. Ganesh welcomed all the dignitaries and participants by highlighting the impact of drone technology and the contributions made by faculty and students of IIT Kanpur, he thanked DGCA for putting faith in IIT Kanpur for the organization of Drone Mela. This was followed by a short 5-minute video presentation that explained ongoing research done by students of IIT Kanpur on unmanned helicopter drones, flapping wing ornithopters, high efficiency Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) systems, perching of drones on walls and drone swarm related technologies.
Rajan Luthra explained the role industrial body is playing in supporting start-ups by nurturing them through appropriate networking to help them identify right market and investment opportunities.
Amber Dubey encouraged and urged students and in particular girl students to look at drones as their future career option.
Police commissioner Asim Arun addressed the gathering and expressed happiness at the state of drone technology being developed within the country and reminded how drones that have such wonderful humanitarian applications can also be misused by rogue elements.
The biggest attraction of the mela, the flight demonstrations, commenced with exquisite display of acrobatic 3D drone flying demonstration by Vasanth of EndureAir, he showcased his skills as engineer and flyer by making his nano drones do the talking through breath-taking manoeuvres in the air.
Subsequently, a surveyor drone was demonstrated by VTOL Aviations followed by flight of Vibhram the engine powered medicine/vaccine delivery drone which has recently delivered vaccines weighing two kg over 42 kms distance in Telangana.
After this a surveillance drone e-Vibhram was demonstrated. Hubblefly Technologies and UP police also demonstrated their quadrotor drones.