Update: November 28, 2021 1:57 AM STI
New Delhi [India], November 28 (ANI): Union Minister for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh said that while Pakistani drones carry explosives to spread terror and threaten human lives, the Indian drone has taken on the role of ‘a COVID warrior to carry vaccines and life-saving lives. save drugs for the safety and well-being of mankind.
This is indeed the fundamental difference between the two countries, he added.
Singh was speaking at the launch of the first drone-piloted aerial delivery facility to transport COVID-19 vaccines as well as emergency drugs to inaccessible and difficult areas in a short period of time, a press release said. of the Ministry of Science. and technology.
Referring to the first shipment of 50 vials of COVID-19 vaccine which were dropped by the drone near the international border (IB) in the Marh region, Singh added, the “Octacopter” drone which was developed locally in Bengaluru at the initiative of the Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR) under the Ministry of Science and Technology, is truly a messenger of peace, while Pakistan uses the drone to disrupt the peace, the statement added.
The Indian drone brought the message to protect lives from COVID and ensure the health and well-being of all to the international border, according to the press release.
Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh added, India’s vaccination campaign has turned into a mass campaign and every citizen is trying to make an appropriate contribution, according to the press release.
“We at the Ministry of Science and Technology have also decided to join Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign by developing a drone that would reach households in remote and difficult areas that lack transportation and therefore the drone would operate the function of knocking on the door of each household to ensure that not a single person remains without vaccination, ”he added.
Singh said the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine vials via Octacopter would go a long way towards achieving the Prime Minister’s “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign for a special door-to-door vaccination campaign against Covid-19.
He said India has administered more than 120 crore total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine so far, but there is a need to adopt unconventional methods to vaccinate 65% of the population living in the areas. rural and remote inaccessible hills. The Minister informed that the Octacopter can carry a payload of 10 kg with a range of 20 kilometers and that it can fly at an operational altitude of 500 meters AGL and a maximum flight speed of 36 km / h.
Referring to the recent Mann ki Baat monthly radio show, where Prime Minister Modi said, “One of the things that captures people’s imaginations is the use of drones in India,” Dr Jitendra Singh informed that further live demonstrations will be carried out by the CSIR. in inaccessible and remote hilly areas such as Kishtwar, Rajouri, Poonch and Bhadarwah.
He said, for example, that by road, drugs to reach PHC Sunat Thawa from Bhaderwah health center take around 3 hours to cover 74 km, but by drone they can be delivered in 15 minutes, which will be a boon for rural populations. . The Minister noted with satisfaction that the CSIR-NAL had established collaborations with the start-up M / s IoTech World, Gurgaon, Bliss Aerospace, Bangalore and M / s Scientch, Indore to advance drone technology up to the ‘final user.
Dr Jitendra Singh said CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) has developed Octacopter drones to deliver medical supplies that will help better manage scarce supplies resources and facilitate just-in-time delivery to the system. current supply chain. Smart inventory management can help alleviate the current burden as well as deal with crises of vaccine shortages and drug supply in remote areas, he added.
The minister said the Octacopter is DGCA-NPNT compliant, geographic fence and digital sky with 360-degree collision avoidance, making it one of the best drones in its class. He also added that the Octacopter developed by NAL can be used for a variety of BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) applications for last mile delivery of drugs, vaccines, food, postal packages, organs. humans, etc. Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India granted conditional clearance to CSIR-NAL to conduct BVLOS flight tests on September 13, 2021. (ANI)