Drone technology can be used for civil purposes

STAFF REPORT PESHAWAR: The drones are often considered to be of effective military use and the general public perspective is detrimental in this regard. Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology (SUIT) project aimed at promotion of civil use of drone and the final product of the project was exhibited this week in SUIT campus.

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The drone was developed by electrical engineering department and Anis ur Rehman headed the project. He said while commenting on the project, “The basic theme behind this project is to promote the wider range of applications of drone technology apart from the military use. The drone technology can be utilized in multiple sectors including meteorology, disaster management, metals and mining, rescue organizations such as 1122, air borne surveys, security purposes etc”.

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The light drone plane weighs about 2.5 kilograms and has Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in it for navigation purpose. A demonstration of the drone plane was also done and it took a flight of few thousand feet for almost 15 minutes.

The project cost spent till now is about Rs. 0.1 million according to the university sources and is way too cheap than foreign companies manufactured drones.

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The team behind the project urged governmental support in order to interpolate necessary modifications and commercialization of the project.

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