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Drones to Detect and Diffuse Land Mines

Meet Harshwardhan Zala, at just 15 and he is desiging and developing new kind of drones to detect and diffuse land mines. It was a YouTube video on landmines that prompted Harshwardhan to work on making a drone that could sniffout and diffuse mines.

Between 2009 and 2013, there have been 752 documented fatalities in mining operations in India, according to the Office of Directorate General of Mines Safety, Ministry of Labour and Employment.

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,

Harswardhan spent around $8000 on the three prototypes of the drone. While the teen’s parents shelled out approximately $3000 for the first two prototypes, he was granted $4500 from the state for the third prototype, as reported by Times of India.

How does it work?

The drone is equipped with infrared, RGB sensors and a thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can click high-resolution pictures. The drone detects landmines and covers an eight square meter area while flying at the height of two feet while sending a signal to the base station.

Harshwardhan Zala.

In 2017, Harshwardhan signed a $750000 worth memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government of Gujarat, bagging the deal for production of a drone designed by him.

His father Pradhyumansinh Zala is an accountant with a plastic company in Naroda while his mother Nishaba Zala is a homemaker.

Harwardhan’s desire to get his product patented and produced was fuelled during a visit to the headquarters of Google, Inc. headquarters in the US where he shared a project idea with several investors after observing the way they work, reported the publication.
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