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Friday, January 13, 2017

Be proud of him, he made 3 prototypes of Drone and signed Rs. 5 Crore MoU for building Drones

Ahmedabad/Mumbai:  A 14-year-old boy wearing spectacles created a buzz at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on Thursday,  12th January 2017 after he signed a Rs 5 crore-worth Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government on drone designed by him.

The boy identified as Harshwardhan Zala, a class 10 student, signed the big deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat, to felicitate production of the drones designed by him.

The drone has impressed everyone at the summit which helps detect and defuse land mines on war fields.

According to reports, Zala has been working on his business plan and made three prototypes of the drones while his classmates are preparing for the upcoming board exams. Zala said that he started working on the drone project in 2016 and created a business plan too. The inspiration behind the project first struck Zala when he came to know that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts or while defusing them manually.

The 14-year-old school going boy spent around Rs 5 lakh on the three prototypes of the drone. His parents shelled out approximately Rs 2 lakh for the first two prototypes, whereas he was granted Rs 3 lakh from the state government for the third prototype.

“The drone is equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high-resolution pictures as well,” Zala reportedly explained during the summit.

The drone detects land mines and covers eight square meter area while flying at the height of two feet. It also gives a signal to the base station.

Zala also revealed that the drone is capable of carrying a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine. But the bomb part is not yet tested.

The teenager has already registered a patent and has set up his own company ‘Aerobatics’. Zala a student of Sarvoday Vidyamandir in Bapunagar, Gujarat said that he has been interested in science and innovation for several years and was always encouraged by his parents. Father of the teenager, Pradhyumansinh Zala is an accountant by profession while his mother Nishaba Zala is a housewife. 

Zala’s dream is to get his product registered at Google Inc. headquarters in the United States where he has already shared his project.


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