IIT Kanpur’s unique ‘flying saucer’ for surveillance uses sunlight to fly

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has developed a unique surveillance drone powered entirely by solar energy. This innovative creation, named ‘Maral’ promises to revolutionise aerial monitoring capabilities, offering a unique solution for surveillance needs.

The Maral drone, developed in collaboration with IIT Kanpur has remarkable surveillance capabilities and is equipped with solar panels. This cutting-edge drone harnesses sunlight to power its flight, ensuring extended operational durations without relying on traditional fuel sources.

One of the most distinctive features of IIT Kanpur’s solar-powered drone is its ability to soar to altitudes of up to 5 kilometers, providing comprehensive aerial coverage for surveillance purposes. Capable of capturing continuous images for an impressive 10 to 12 hours, this drone offers unmatched endurance and efficiency in monitoring activities on the ground.

Furthermore, the Maral drone can be customised to accommodate various payloads, including cameras and routers, enhancing its versatility for different surveillance requirements. Whether used for disaster management or security agency surveillance, the Maral drone offers a flexible solution for a wide range of scenarios. Beyond its surveillance applications, the Maral drone holds potential for various other uses, including disaster response and environmental monitoring.

Its ability to capture high-quality imagery from elevated vantage points makes it invaluable for assessing disaster situations and facilitating timely interventions. The development of the Maral drone underscores IIT Kanpur’s commitment to fostering innovation and addressing critical challenges through technological advancements.

With a focus on enhancing national security and defense capabilities, the institute’s Startup department actively supports initiatives aimed at strengthening the country’s defense infrastructure. As IIT Kanpur continues to nurture unique startups and innovative projects, collaborations between academia and industry are expected to flourish. With a track record of success in developing cutting-edge technologies, the institute remains at the forefront of research and development initiatives aimed at addressing societal needs.

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