During bachelors in Aerospace engineering, I had enough time, interest, enthusiastic friends and enough funding to try out different projects. Further, the institute I studied was promorting such activities since many of them would turn out to be startups. The Aeroclub at IIT Madras provided amazing opportunities to gain hands on experience in engineering, management, interaction with various kinds of people. These experiences were extremely helpful later in my life.
In Aeroclub, we build various kinds of aircrafts - fixed wing, quadrotor and Ornithopter (mechanical bird). After mastering some of the tasks we conducted workshops inside and outside the campus. We even started a company to build aircrafts and conduct workshops in India with the help of a senior student. But, after a short period all of us (6 people in total) went in separate ways.
- Drones - Applications
Some pictures from the time in aeroclub is shared here.
During one of the workshops
Before the flight
Glider made with balsa wood
These are just some of the many uses of drones. As technology advances, we can expect to see more innovative uses for drones in the future.
- Aerial photography and videography: Drones can capture high-quality aerial images and videos for various purposes like real estate, construction, events, and filmmaking.
- Military and security: Drones are used for military operations, surveillance, and border patrol.
- Delivery services: Drones are being used for delivering packages, medical supplies, and other essential items to remote areas with limited access.
- Search and rescue: Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras, GPS, and other sensors can aid in search and rescue operations by locating missing persons and transmitting their location to the authorities.
- Agriculture: Drones can be used for crop monitoring, mapping, and spraying pesticides and fertilizers.
- Inspection and maintenance: Drones can be used to inspect infrastructure, such as bridges, towers, and pipelines, for damage or defects, reducing the need for manual inspections.
- Disaster response: Drones can be used to survey the extent of damage caused by natural disasters and aid in the distribution of relief supplies.
- Wildlife monitoring: Drones equipped with cameras and other sensors can be used for wildlife monitoring, helping to track and conserve endangered species.
- Mapping and surveying: Drones can be used to create high-resolution maps and 3D models of areas that are difficult to access or dangerous to survey manually.