The future of firefighting? Students transform a school chair into a manned DRONE that could allow easier access to fires on upper floors of buildings

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  • Students of Cambodia’s National Polytechnic Institute developed a drone
  • He spent $20,000 to equip the school chair with eight propellers
  • It’s 0.6 miles. Can carry a pilot weighing 132 pounds for more than 10 minutes
  • Drones could one day be used to reach fires on top floors of buildings

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Cambodian students have created a prototype manned drone out of an unexpected piece of furniture – a school chair.

Youth from the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC) spent $20,000 (£14,000) to convert a school chair into a drone, equipping it with eight propellers that allow it to fly to a height of about 13.1 feet (four metres). gives.

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In the future, the team hopes to improve the design to carry more weight and fly even higher, and they believe drones may one day be used by firefighters to reach fires on the upper floors of buildings. can also be done.

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Cambodian students have created a prototype manned drone out of an unexpected piece of furniture – a school chair

With eight propellers and using a school chair for the pilot's seat, the drone was developed by students from the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC) on the outskirts of the capital.

With eight propellers and using a school chair for the pilot’s seat, the drone was developed by students from the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC) on the outskirts of the capital.

How does this work?

The drone has eight propellers and can carry a pilot weighing 132 pounds (60 kg) for 10 minutes over a distance of 0.6 miles (1 km).

It took three years of research and development and cost about $20,000 to build.

While the team hopes it will eventually fly far higher, when the manned drone currently only rises to 13.1 feet (four meters).

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First driven by a desire to beat their city’s infamous traffic, the group designed their prototype drone, which they hope will eventually help ferry people around Phnom Penh and even fight fires. can be used to help.

With eight propellers and using a school chair for the pilot’s seat, the drone was developed by students from the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC) on the outskirts of the capital.

“The drone, when we see it flying without a pilot, vibrates a lot but when I sit on it and fly… the drone.

“We wanted to solve some of the problems for our society by building a taxi drone and… inventing drones for firefighters,” he said, adding, for example, that he hoped it could be used on the top of a building. could reach the floor where the fire brigade could not reach to fetch a hose.

The prototype could carry a pilot weighing 132 pounds (60 kg) and fly for a distance of 0.6 mi (1 km) for approximately 10 minutes.

It took three years of research and development and cost about $20,000 to build.

While the team hopes it will eventually fly far higher, when the manned drone currently only rises to 13.1 feet (four meters).

NPIC’s head of research and development technology Sarin Serevatha said the project faced delays due to the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic and components such as propellers and frames had to be ordered overseas.

While the team hopes it will eventually fly far higher, when the manned drone currently only rises to 13.1 feet (four meters).

While the team hopes it will eventually fly far higher, when the manned drone currently only rises to 13.1 feet (four meters).

The prototype could carry a pilot weighing up to 132 pounds (60 kg) and fly for a distance of 0.6 mi (1 km) for approximately 10 minutes.

The prototype could carry a pilot weighing up to 132 pounds (60 kg) and fly for a distance of 0.6 mi (1 km) for approximately 10 minutes.

The team plans to improve the design so that it can carry more weight, as well as fly more firmly at higher levels.

“Theoretically, if we make a drone, the cost is expensive, but if we make them to sell in the market, the cost will come down,” Sarin Serevatha said.

Students working on small manned drones are not alone.

Last year, a Japanese startup called SkyDrive began test flights of a similar device.

SkyDrive was founded by former Toyota engineers and wants to make their vehicle the ‘world’s smallest flying car’.

In 2017, Toyota gave the company an infusion of about $350,000 (or 40 million yen) to help develop the flying vehicles.

The company said it wouldn’t say more about how the test flights are progressing so far, but says things are going well enough to continue making them.

What types of flying taxis can we expect to see in the future?

Advances in electric motors, battery technology and autonomous software have triggered an explosion in the field of electric air taxis.

Google’s parent company Alphabet CEO Larry Page has invested millions in aviation start-ups Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, both of which are striving to build all-electric flying cabs.

Kitty Hawk is believed to be developing a flying car and has already filed over a dozen different aircraft registrations with the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.

Page, who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998, has personally invested $100 million (£70 million) in two companies that have not yet publicly acknowledged or demonstrated their technology. has done.

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, the Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018.  Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing.

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, the Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing.

Airbus is also hard at work on an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing craft, with its latest Project Vahana prototype, branded Alpha One, successfully completing its first test flight in February 2018.

The self-piloted helicopter reached an altitude of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds.

Airbus previously shared a well-constructed concept video, showcasing its vision for Project Vahana.

The footage shows a sleek self-flying plane seated a passenger under a roof that retracts to resemble the visor of a motorcycle helmet.

The Airbus Project Vahana prototype, branded Alpha One, successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018.  The self-piloted helicopter successfully reached an altitude of 16 feet (five meters) before returning to the ground.  In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds

The Airbus Project Vahana prototype, brand Alpha One, successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018. Self-piloted helicopter reached altitude …

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