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Development Of Drones for Fast Goods Transport Across Hilly Mizoram Terrain

December 17 - December 28


Several areas of India, such as Mizoram, have hilly forested terrains that make ground transportation slow and expensive. Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can provide an economic alternative, by delivering 1-5 kg packages across straight line distances of 10 km within 10 minutes or less, without requiring runways. This can be a game changer for growers of time-critical high-value specialty crops, but requires developing an appropriately trained workforce for implementation. Therefore, this course aims at offering students a hands-on training with current practice of UAV design, and experience actual flight operations with payloads under challenging terrain and gusty weather. It will be a conceptualize-design-build-fly-modify experience through group projects with deliverables 


The course introduces an approach for developing specifications for UAV platforms for selected mission requirements, and for matching/modifying existing UAVs to selected missions. Of particular interest will be the transport of packages across wooded mountainous terrains. Starting with general requirements and a survey of existing fixed and rotary wing drones, multiple potential UAV applications will be considered. These will then  be subject to additional constraints driven by availability, technological maturity and cost of critical components. One or more solution will then be selected for detailed design and prototyping. To minimize cost, the prototyping will involve using selected off the shelf components typically used by radio-controlled aircraft hobbyists and do-it-yourself drone enthusiasts and using ready to fly quad copters and fixed wing configurations. Components include flight motors, controllers, auto-pilots, sensors/telemetry equipment and cameras. This will be followed by developing and executing a flight test plan. Test data from the flights and in particular the analysis of mishaps and crashes will be especially emphasized. The goal will be to teach the students how to use such data to remove design flaws and demonstrate through re-tests an improved final prototype.

NIT Mizoram:

National Institute of Technology Mizoram, also known as NIT Mizoram, or NITMZ, is one of the 31 National Institutes of Technology in India. Located in Aizawl, NIT Mizoram was one of the ten new NITs established by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (part of the Government of India, via order no. F. 23-13-2009-TS-III, dated 30th October 2009 and 3rd March 2010).

The primary objective of NIT Mizoram is to provide education through research and training in undergraduate and graduate programs. The school was declared an “Institute of National Importance” by the Indian Parliament. Students are admitted through the All India Entrance Exam – Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main).