Flying bird: Sarhad University students build rescue drone

Published: September 3, 2015
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Electrical engineering students exhibit the rescue drone. PHOTO: INP

Electrical engineering students exhibit the rescue drone. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR: Sarhad University students have tamed the ruthless version of unmanned aircraft known to the people of the region and fashioned it as a rescue machine.

Developed by the varsity’s electrical engineering department, the drone was exhibited at the campus on Wednesday.

“The idea behind the project is to tell people that drone technology can be used for productive purposes and is not only meant for destruction,” project head Anisur Rehman, told The Express Tribune. “If developed further, the drone can be utilised by Rescue 1122, the meteorological department and disaster management authorities.”

The plane is a light-weight device that was flown at the height of a few thousand feet for fifteen minutes during the demonstration. It has been designed by a group of five students, Sardar Daud, Pasand Khan, Ijaz Ahmed, Junaid Anwar and Anisur Rehman, of the senior year. It took the eighth semester students six months to build the plane from scratch.

The drone weighs around 2.5 kilogrammes and can be controlled with a remote within a thousand-metre range.

We have also installed the GPS system in the plane so that it can work with efficiency and precision in disaster-hit areas, said Rehman, adding GPS navigation works in all weather conditions. “However, a camera is yet to be installed in the device.” He added the project costs lesser than the drones designed by foreign companies. “So far we have spent Rs0.1 million on the plane.”

To modify the drone and bring it into practical use, the students need support from the government. “If the government offers support, the project has a bright future,” said Daud. “In a congested city like ours, the drone can help a great deal.” He said if the drone is developed and built as a larger prototype, it can be sent to areas hit by floods for surveillance and transporting aid.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd,  2015.

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  • cyrus
    Sep 3, 2015 - 10:40AM

    Best wishesRecommend

  • Point
    Sep 3, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Please don’t mind this is exactly the one sold by hobby lobby shop to students when they apply to GIKI airshow suff. Like 100% exactly the same, same wheels same material. Recommend

  • MK
    Sep 3, 2015 - 12:02PM

    Its great these students are up to something productive, but I agree with Point – also there is absolutely nothing to this plane and a person with a kit and only a slightly technical mind can build something like this. It really has no element of rescue or anything whatsoever.

    This is a kit, many of my friends and I have built dozens of these over the years.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 3, 2015 - 12:19PM

    Wasn’t this exact same news published couple of days ago??Recommend

  • abc
    Sep 3, 2015 - 2:43PM

    Our universities are far behind in making students realize that the technologies on which they are spending their time is way too old. If they really want to achieve something than instead of copying projects they must get into research field. huhhh btw who cares Recommend

  • baaaaa
    Sep 3, 2015 - 3:33PM

    For crying out loud!!
    Someone rescue this ragRecommend

  • hass
    Sep 3, 2015 - 4:15PM

    @abc:
    Very well said. Recommend

  • Kai
    Sep 3, 2015 - 5:58PM

    @abc:
    I second that.Recommend

  • MJ
    Sep 3, 2015 - 8:12PM

    How is this a rescue drone? It is just a model airplane for hobbyists. It does not relay any information back to the operator, does not drop and medicine/supplies to stranded people, does not have any sensors to locate people etc. I can buy a $500 quad-copter from Amazon that can do much better than this “drone” . Recommend

  • Aviator
    Sep 3, 2015 - 8:36PM

    Good work!Recommend

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