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Startup firm IG Drones Develops India’s First 5G-enabled Drone

Current Affairs

  • Startup firm IG Drones, which was born out of the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) campus in Odisha’s Sambalpur has developed a 5G-enabled drone that is capable of vertical take-off and landing.
  • As it’s a VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing), it can be operated from any terrain without the need for a conventional runway.
  • The drone named Skyhawk can be used in defense and medical applications, among other sectors. The drone can carry a 10 kg payload and has an endurance of around five hours.
  • With Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) providing 5G services in the country, these drones can be controlled with much more precision and can be controlled from the command center directly rather than being on the field.
  • IG Drones is developing new technology-based disaster response and mitigation to increase the efficiency and efficacy of first responders’ aid in emergency response and catastrophe mapping.
  • Using a drone and GIS technology, they’ve saved hundreds of thousands of lives throughout national disasters such as the Assam Flood, Amphan Cyclone, Fani Cyclone, and Jajpur Flood in Odisha, Maharashtra Flood, and Uttarakhand CloudBurst.
  • IG Drones had developed a SaaS global platform for unmanned flight has been a godsend to the disaster management community and has helped their stand to ace at People’s Choice Awards by Airwards.

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