While most children were fretting with their upcoming board exams, this 10th class student was busy in his very own world. And while I was making stories, this 14-year-old child was busy signing a Rs 5 crore worth Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government of Gujarat.
Perplexed? Let me tell you that I feel proud to introduce you with our new-found diamond from Gujarat, Harshwardhan Zala. He has successfully developed a drone which helps in defusing land mines on war fields.
Come, let us know more about his product and the story behind its achievement.
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#The year 2016
Harshwardhan said that he started working on the prototype in 2016 and had developed a business plan too.
He said, “The inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually.”
#The supportive hands
His parents have helped him spend 2 lakh on the first two prototypes of the drone, and was granted 3 lakh from the state government for the third one.
Zala explained, “The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high-resolution pictures as well.”
The drone has been designed to send out waves within the area of 8 sq mt while flying two feet above the surface. The waves help in detecting the land mines and communicate their location with a base station. The drone also carries a bomb weighing about 50 grammes which can be used to destroy the landmine.
He has registered for a patent and is all set to start his own company ‘Aerobotics.’
He also added, “I started making drones on my own and set up an interface with a base station but realised I need to do more. So I fixed payloads that detect landmines. I have several other plans that I want to execute once the patent for this drone is registered.”