IIT-K develops drone ‘Prahari’ capable of capturing rogue drones

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Kanpur: Two young professors of IITKanpur along with their student team have developed a drone named ‘Prahari’ which is unique in this way that it can chase, outrun and capture the rogue drones.

Specially designed for border surveillance and national security, ‘Prahari’ could be very handy for the armed forces for maintaining vigilance along the border areas and for capturing the rogue drones which pose a serious threat to national security.

‘Prahari’ can not only carry a load of about 4 to 5 kilograms but can also patrol sensitive zone for three hours continuously. This drone is equipped with an advanced autopilot system, and is capable of handling the sudden changes in weight and inertia (of this drone) while capturing the rogue drone. Also this autonomous system (drone) consists of an unmanned helicopter with drone catching net.

This drone system has been developed by Prof Abhishek and Prof Mangal Kothari of the department of aerospace engineering.

Prof Abhishek claimed that this is first of its kind drone in the country which has the capability to chase, outrun and capture the rogue drones.

Prof Abhishek said, “This drone can be used for a wide range of applications, ranging from surveillance, crowd monitoring, crowd control, delivery of emergency supplies, precision agriculture, hostage situations, chemical and nuclear agent detection. It can also outrun the rogue drone and can capture it in its nets.”

Recently, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had shared the video of this drone on Twitter and praised IITKanpur for having developed an advance drone system meant for national security.

By EP Web Desk

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