14 Year Old Signs $700,000 MOU for a Drone to Detect and Defuse Land Mines

Posted on January 14, 2017  Comments (4)

Harshwardhan Zala, from Gujarat, India has signed an agreement worth Rs. 5 crore (US$733,940) to explore the possibility of commercial production of a drone created by him which can help in detecting and defusing landmines.

Harshwardhan started work on the prototype of the landmine-detecting drone last year after reading in newspapers about high army casualties due to landmines. Aerobotics7 is the company founded by the 14 years old.

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Explaining more about the drone, the zealous 14-year-old said, “The drone is designed to send out waves that cover eight sq. mt area while flying two feet above the surface; the waves detect land mines and communicate their location with a base station. The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to destroy the landmine.” Harshwardhan Zala’s proud father Pradhyumansinh is an accountant with a plastic company in Naroda, and his mother Nishaba is a homemaker.

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The video has Harshwardhan speaking a bit of English but mainly some other language that I don’t understand. If I understand right, his drone is 98% accurate at identifying mines (where the current solutions are 92% accurate – and much more dangerous for those having to walk around testing). His solution is 17 times faster and 22 times cheaper than the current solutions. Once the mine is detected by the drone through an infrared sensor, a 50 gram detonator will complete the task of defusing it (blowing it up).

This video shows a bit of the drone itself (non-English audio)

And here is a short video of Harshwardhan discussing Arduino from 2015 on a channel he helped create, The Kids Edutech (Intelligent Young Makers From India):

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4 Responses to “14 Year Old Signs $700,000 MOU for a Drone to Detect and Defuse Land Mines”

  1. Marcus Veiga
    January 14th, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

    Amazing how some people are born with a natural gift, this kid is simply brilliant

  2. Mike
    February 5th, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

    That’s incredible and inspiring application of engineering. John, I assume the drone is destroyed in the process … is this true?


  3. Burcu
    March 3rd, 2017 @ 8:23 am

    How smart a child. I wish the success to continue.

  4. Dustin McEarchern
    April 11th, 2017 @ 4:21 pm

    Love the use of technology to improve lives. Really great story.

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