This is who we are.
The team was established in August 2013 by Dr. Narayana Rao, Director (Research) with support from Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Director (E&T) under the guidance of Prof. G. Mahendra Perumal of Department of Aerospace Engineering. The team was initially headed by Mr. Sobin Santhosh, class of 2015, B.Tech(Aerospace).
The team researches and develops end to end solutions to real civilian and military problems which can be solved using unmanned aerial systems.
The Applications Include :
We got the opportunity to present our research to Mr. Avinash Chander, the then Director General, DRDO who was extremely inspired by our work and also gave us a project which we are currently working on.
Savior UAV was shortlisted for the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013.
We secured the First Position in Lighter than Air Vehicle Challenge Student Design Competition organized by American Society of Mechanical Engineers held at BITS, Pilani.
We have showcased our projects at the Second Unmanned Systems Conference and Exhibition - 2014 held at New Delhi.
We were the only student team at India Aviation Expo 2013 and 2016, Hyderabad and were greatly appreciated by the delegates.
National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore has shown keen interest in two of our projects.
Our research has been printed in The New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle, Shanghai Express, Career 360 etc.
Our projects have been covered by Vasanth TV, a TV Channel.
We had exhibited our UAVs at Maker Fest 2015, held in Ahmedabad in January 2015.
Secured world rank 38 in Students Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Competition, held in Maryland, USA in June 2015.
Showcased our UAVs to Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of TATA Sons, who was highly impressed with our on-going projects.
This is a team that focuses more on its R&D for better and efficient flying and at the same time keeps the basic purpose in mind.
In order to make UAVs smarter and be able to operate in constrained environments, they need to be able to sense their surroundings. To achieve this, obstacle avoidance is incorporated on a rotary wing UAV so that it can steer away from any dynamic or static objects while flying in a complex environment.
This technology makes use of a thermal or electro-optical camera which enables the UAV to view and follow moving objects on the ground.This technology can prove to be vital in a host of applications like Wildlife Conservation, traffic minitoring, etc. The UAV will track an object and fly in such a way so as to maintain the object in the center of the frame.
An autopilot system is the brain of the UAV during its autonomous operation. Currently most autopilots are developed overseas and purchased off the shelf. We are developing our very own autopilot system from scratch on Arduino platform.
Folding wings in a UAV can reduce the volume occupied by it when it is on ground. This would be useful where space is a major constraint. It can even be fit into a small barrel.
Composites are cast with a special type of resin, which covers up cracks that are developed on the surface of the material. These materials shall be very useful to increase mean operational time of the UAV and decrease the mean maintanence time.
Fixed wing UAVs with an internal combustion have the capability to carry higher payload and have a higher endurance than its battery- operated counterparts. If an engine stops in-flight, it can lead to a crash. We are currently working on an automated engine restart system which can also be used to charge the on-board batteries and power the auxiliary systems.
Check out our latest projects.
The team has been working on several projects recently.
SALUS is a Face Recognition UAV. It is a Quadcopter equippedwith a digital camera for face recognition capability. It was primarily designed for use in search and rescue operations to trace and individual and relay their location to the authorities.
Payload: Sony Cybershot W810 20.1 MP Digital Camera, Endurance: 35 – 45 minutes, Fully Autonomous
Onboard facial recognition and image processing, Gesture RecognitionBranding, Web Design
AEOLUS is a fully autonomous windmill inspection UAV. It is equipped with a DSLR camera mounted on an image stabilization system. The copter is capable of taking high resolution, distortion free images of the surface of windmill blades which reduces the cost, time and risk of life involved in the inspection of wind turbine blades.
High Resolution Aerial Photography, Package DeliveryBranding, Web Design
SRM-UAV Micro-Copter is a palm sized UAV for indoor surveillance. It is specifically designed for rreconnaissance operations . It is equipped with a FPV camera for live video feed to ground station. The drone is extremely silent and small in size. It would complete the mission even before it gets identified.
Payload: Micro CCD FPV CAMERA, Weight: 200gms, Endurance: 25 mins, Fully Autonomous/ Manual (depending upon application)
This palm-sized quad copter can be used for both indoor and outdoor reconnaissance and in stealth operations. Its small radar cross section and low noise makes it virtually invisible enemy radar. Size 6”x6”x4”Branding, Web Design
X-2 is a hybrid UAV which combines the advantages of a multi-rotor and a fixed wing aircraft. It is capable of taking-off and landing from almost any location without the need of a runway.
Endurance: 45-65 minutes, Autopilot Processor : Amtel's ATMEGA 2560, Fully Autonomous, Variable Payload Options
Aerial Photography, Package Delivery, Wildlife SurveillanceBranding, Web Design
Dabang is long range, high endurance UAV with high payload capacity. It was customised for SUAS 2015, to suit the specific mission requirements. It's a twin tail-boom Pusher Coniguration, conventional tricycle landing gear aircraft.
Autopilot Processor based on 32-bit ARM Cortex M4
Wingspan: 3m, Overall length: 2m
Endurance: 2.5 to 6 Hours
Payload options:ElectroOptic camera, FLIR, Communications hub
A Logitech webcam is be used for onboard machine vision to detect the various characteristics of the targets
Long range aerial photography/surveillance, package delivery, Remote information centreBranding, Web Design
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