Competition to make micro spying gadget that flies

August 30th, 2008 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Can you build a micro spying gadget that flies and can transmit real time video information? This challenge was thrown to engineering students Saturday by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).Commemorating its 50th anniversary, DRDO has invited engineering students to design and develop the prototype of a lightweight, low cost, electronic aerial surveillance system.

“In this competition the students are desired to design and develop a micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance purpose. The UAV should remain airborne for a minimum of two minutes at a minimum height of 30 metres and do imaging of a proportionate area below,” said a DRDO official.

Also the sensor should be able to detect man-sized objects during its flight.

“The UAV should be able to transmit recognisable real time video information to the ground receiver point located in the observation area,” the official added.

The students need to form a team and then select a guide before embarking on designing the UAV.

The winning team will walk away with a cash reward of Rs.300,000 and the second team will get Rs.200,000.

During the screening 10 entries will be selected by a screening committee from DRDO and external experts. They will be awarded a cash prize of Rs.50,000. The 10 teams will then be required to submit a functional prototype along with detailed design report.

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