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Kazakhstan students invented city drone to help in emergencies

18 july 2012, 15:29
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Photo courtesy of the developers
Photo courtesy of the developers
Presentation of Archangel at Microsoft Imagine Cup. Photo courtesy of the developers
Presentation of Archangel at Microsoft Imagine Cup. Photo courtesy of the developers
Photo courtesy of the developers
Photo courtesy of the developers
Kazakhstan students have assembled an unmanned drone for detection of emergency situations and aid to their victims, one of the developers, a student of Kazakh-British Technical University Aleksander Murashkin told Tengrinews.kz.

The Archangel drone is a small aircraft of 1 meter in diameter. It is equipped with four propellers, radio transmitter for communication with the ground coordination center, video recorders and GPS navigator. Archangel is aimed for helping law-enforcement, medical and emergency situations authorities.

According to Murashkin, ten drones are enough for covering a large city. They can help detect and analyze emergency situations from the air by transmitting real time information to ground services. The drone is also capable of delivering medicines for first medical aid. It can make the delivery faster than ground services because it is not limited by road infrastructure or on-the-ground obstacles. The developers say that the existing prototype of Archangel can lift up to 700 grams of cargo.

“It is important to make it very clear as to what we have done here. We have not invented the quadcopters. We only suggest a new and perspective way for their use in peace-time. We have developed a complex system that includes mobile applications for emergency situations services, desktop applications for dispatchers and operators. We have performed a lot of work with the hardware to set up the drones’ control. We have used advanced technologies: cloud services, mobile platforms and frameworks,” the developers say.

The students are going to apply for a grant to the National Innovations Fund, because implementation of the technology requires financial support in Kazakhstan. They have presented their project at the international contest Microsoft Imagine Cup in Australia that finished on July 10, 2012. The Kazakhstan team was among the top 20 best developers. According to Murashkin, Australian investors showed interest in their project.


By Dmitriy Khegai

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