Drones to hitch Chennai Municipal Corporation’s battle in opposition to coronavirus COVID-19

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Chennai: The Chennai Municipal Corporation has efficiently accomplished trials for utilizing drones to disinfect inaccessible and congested neighborhoods within the metropolis. These drones, developed by the Abdul Kalam Advanced UAV Research Center at Anna University, will be capable of spray disinfectants day and night time obligation over a big space of as much as 2 lakh sq. meters after their deployment. 

The drones would improve the efforts of the company which has already deployed over 500 automobiles to disinfect town. The drones would supply further reach by enabling protection of slim lanes with buildings which are tightly packed. 

“Most other drones are battery-powered and have a capacity of holding lesser than 10 liters of disinfectant, whereas our drone is powered by an internal combustion engine that runs on petrol and can carry 16 liters of disinfectant, thus enabling it to operate for longer hours. Our drone can also perform the spraying from altitudes as less as 3 meters to 25meters and have a two-hour endurance” Dr Okay Senthil Kumar, Director, Abdul Kalam Advanced UAV Research Center instructed WION. 

The drone that’s for use by the Corporation is a modified model of the drone that Anna University had developed to assist farmers spray vitamins onto their crops unfold throughout giant fields. 

Dr Senthil Kumar stated, “We have modified the mechanism and tweaked the parameters in a way that the centrifugal pump can disperse an ultra-low volume spray. This ensures that every single droplet is broken down into thousands of smaller particles which cover a wider area”.

The utilization of drones drastically reduces the chance of publicity of healthcare staff who’re in any other case deployed for disinfecting operations with hand pumps or vehicles. While battery-powered drones should be grounded and fitted with a brand new battery each couple of minutes, the petroleum-powered variant is able to flying for nearly two hours, after which it may be refueled and immediately deployed for work. 

Petrol-powered drones additionally require lesser assets and manpower and so they can function for longer durations and needn’t depend upon a transportable generator for charging its batteries. 

With 5 drones presently obtainable, there are plans to deploy them for disinfecting giant public areas resembling open-markets, railway stations, hospitals and so forth.  

Designed and developed by the Abdul Kalam Advanced UAV Research Center at Anna University, these drones are manufactured by non-public companions according to the Make in India initiative.