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Students build drones to support the community


A group of Cambodian students have designed a prototype of a drone they hope could eventually be used to ferry people around Phnom Penh and even help fight fires.

This product was launched by a group of students at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC) inspired by the desire to solve the difficulties caused by the traffic situation in the Cambodian capital. The aircraft is equipped with 8 propellers and provides one seat for the pilot.

Lonh Vannsith, a 4th year student at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia, and team members prepare for their drone to take off in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 17, 2021 – Photo: Reuters

Representative of the student group Lonh Vannsith (21) demonstrated the plane and said that at the start of the flight, the plane had a lot of shaking, but when it went up, it became more stable and excited for the flight. driver.

“We wanted to solve some of the problems for our society by building drones instead of taxis and helping with firefighting,” Vannsith said. According to this male student, the group hopes the plane can reach the upper floors of a building to bring the sprinklers to the place of the fire – which fire trucks cannot reach.

The prototype drone created by Vannsith’s student group can carry a pilot weighing up to 60 kg and fly for about 10 minutes with a distance of 1 km. The team said it took them 3 years to research and develop the aircraft, the cost of which was about $20,000. The team hopes the aircraft can be more mature to fly even higher when it currently only reaches 1 meter.

Vannsith flies his team's drone in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Photo: Reuters
Vannsith flies his team’s drone in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Photo: Reuters

Sarin Sereyvatha, NPIC’s head of technology research and development, said the project has faced delays due to the lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as parts such as propellers and propellers. The frame must be ordered from abroad.

The team plans to improve the design to allow it to be lighter in weight as well as to fly farther and more stably at higher ranges. “In principle, if we make a drone, the cost will be expensive, but if we make them to sell in the market, the cost will come down,” said Sarin Sereyvatha.

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How are drones manufactured?

How are drones manufactured?

Drones, also known as drones, are built for the purpose of filming and taking pictures from the air. The parts of the drone are made of high-strength and durable carbon fiber.

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