In an endeavour to improve country’s surveillance system, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has launched a major initiative for designing and building unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).
The three types of UAVs planned are flapping wing, fixed wing and quadrotor. The applications envisaged are surveillance, aerial photography and disaster management.
One of the projects aims at developing a small sized fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that could, in the future, be upgraded to a solar powered system. “This will be a fixed wing platform which will be designed in such a way that future modifications can be easily incorporated. It will be easily modifiable in future to a renewable energy based system, specifically solar powered,” said Dr AK Ghosh who is leading the fixed wing project.
Additionally, flapping wing micro/mini air vehicle research is an ongoing sponsored activity of the Unsteady Aerodynamics Laboratory of the institute, supported by several agencies.
“IIT Kanpur is supporting this activity towards building an autonomous 1.5m flying bird which will carry a small camera as payload and will be able to take pictures for surveillance,” said Dr Debopam Das, project leader.