Standard 10 student, 14 year old Harshavardhan Zala has designed a drone that can detect landmines and can destroy them. Harshvasrdhan had displayed this technology at the recent Vibrant Gujarat Investor Summit and has signed an MOU worth Rs 5 crores with the Gujarat Department of Science and Technology.
At an age when most students are worried about clearing their board examinations with flying colours to get admissions in junior colleges, Harshvardhan is busy building his company Aerobotics with the technology that he is developing. He has already registered his company in order to get a patent in his name.
Harshvardhan says he was inspired by a TV show, which showed that many soldiers lose their lives or are sometimes seriously injured while trying to defuse a bomb or a landmine. Harshvardhan has already made 3 prototypes for the same and has spent Rs 5 lakhs for the same. His parents spent the initial Rs 2 lakhs and the State Government of Gujarat gave him the rest of the amount as a grant to design and build the third prototype.
The drone has been built with an infrared sensor, an RGB sensor, a thermal meter, a 21 megapixel camera that has a mechanical shutter which can take high quality images. The drone can hover for about 2 feet above the ground and can send waves out to area equal to 8 square metres. The waves detect landmines and can send out their exact location to the main army base. The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 grams that can easily destroy the landmine.
Mr. Zala’s father is a Chartered Accountant and his mother is a home maker. He is a student of class 10 in Sarvodhay Vidhyamandir in Bapunagar. Mr. Zala is now hoping to get the bomb checked and vetted by the Indian Defence Agencies. Harshvardhan believes that he can get investors for his company now that he has signed an MOU with the Government of Gujarat.