Drones Deployed to Sanitize Odisha’s Balasore
The Integrated Test Range (ITR) establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), based in Odisha’s Balasore and used primarily for testing of high-value strategic missiles, has decided to deploy drones to sanitize the town. This comes amidst rising COVID-cases in Balasore, which has recorded over seven hundred infections so far.
The remote-controlled system is equipped with a GPS to aid it in its navigation. The device, which also has a sanitizer tank attached to it, is capable of spraying the disinfectant solution from a height of around twenty metres above the ground.
“We have deployed drones to sanitize different areas of Balasore town. We are trying to assist the district administration in its battle against the pandemic. We plan to intensify the drive in Balasore town tomorrow. Sanitization with the help of drones can be immensely helpful in inaccessible areas,” ITR Director Dr Binay Kumar Das said.
The experimental drive has already been undertaken in three locations of the town, including the area around the police lines, sources said. The drone, which has been designed under a joint project undertaken by ITI Chennai and Anna University, can carry twenty litres of the disinfectant solution which can be sprayed from four nozzles.
This is not the first time that technology is being utilised in the fight against the pandemic. Earlier this month, Odisha’s own Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla, had come up with an ingenious UV-based sanitization robot – named UVRAS.