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Cambodian Students Build a Drone to Aid Community

A group of Cambodian Students got an idea from the city’s traffic and have designed a prototype drone. The Drone will be used to ferry people around Phnom Penh and even help fight fires. With eight propellers and using a school chair for the pilot’s seat, the drone was developed by Students at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia on the outskirts of the capital.

Lonh Vannsith, 21, the pilot of the drone said he was excited that the drone and we noticed the drone flying without a pilot. There is a lot of shaking but when I sit on it and fly it becomes more stable. He also added that they want to  solve some problems for our society by making a taxi drone and inventing drones for firefighters. They also hoped that it could reach the upper floors of a building to bring a hose where a fire truck could not reach.

The prototype can carry a pilot weighing up to 60 kg and fly for about 10 minutes for a distance of 1 km. It took three years of research and development and cost around $20,000 to build. While the team hopes it will eventually fly far higher, when manned the drone currently only rises to as much as 4 metres.

Sarin Sereyvatha, who is NPIC’s head of research and development technology said that the project was delayed due to curfew during the COVID-19 pandemic and also as components like the propellers and the frame had to be ordered abroad. The Students planned to improve the design to allow it to take more weight, as well as fly further and more stably at a higher level.

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