Drone of 3 Idiots... The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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Drone of 3 Idiots... The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Post  ramreddy on Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:35 pm

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The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that grabbed eyeballs in the Aamir Khan-starrer 3 Idiots could soon be used by the Indian Army and a host of security forces, including the National Security Guard (NSG), for reconnaissance in anti-terror and counter-insurgency situations.

Introduction:
It was built by Idea forge, a company founded by three IIT, Bombay alumni. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has tied up with Idea Forge to refine the UAV - now named Netra - and is learnt to be preparing to pitch it to the Army.

How it Works:
Netra originally called Zeppelin and subsequently Carbon - can perform Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) operations. It can fly in a radius of 1.5 km at altitudes of over 100 m, for 30 minutes per battery charge. The UAV is fitted with a high resolution 2.5X zoom camera, which can be panned and tilted. It beams real-time live aerial images, and can record the footage. An in-built fail-safe mechanism ensures the UAV returns to its home position in case of loss of communication or low battery.

DRDO has been collaborating to make the backpack case that is used by the operator to initiate the flight plan and serves as the base station.

Most of the paramilitary forces who have been shown this product have sought night-operability of this machine so that it can be used for surveillance during night time. Also, one of the forces wants the machine to be operatable indoors.

Advantages:
Ideal for short range missions and requires very short training time.
Its intuitive point and click graphical user interface requires minimal user assistance allowing the user to concentrate on the mission objective rather than the flying of the vehicle.
Its quick deployment time and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ability expands its usage to confined areas of operation.
It finds application in anti-terrorist operations, counter-insurgency in forest areas, hostage situations, border infiltration monitoring, local law enforcement operations, search and rescue operations, disaster management, aerial photography and more.

Specifications:
Weight: 1.5 kg Dimensions: 90 cm x 90 cm Power source: External swappable Li-Po batteries Payload: Customized camera options with Pan & Tilt control, wireless video transmitter performance range: 1 km LOS Endurance: 30 min per battery charge cruise speed: 25 kmph Max. speed: 40 kmph wind resistance: Upto 8 m/s Max. Payload: 300 grams
The UAV's Zeppelin prototype was also the joint winner at MAV 08, an international competition of micro aerial vehicles.

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