THE CHALLENGE: Don’t Crash My Drone

Create an app that will enable small drone operators to know more about specific weather parameters, local terrain and no fly zones within a five-mile radius of their GPS location.


Earlier we used to watch remote controlled cars driven by children crashing with each other. Some of these kids have grown up, the action area has changed from land to air, but crashes still persist and unfortunately they happen, not between RC cars but between much costlier drones and other types of guided UAV'S. Apart from this, natural blockades like birds and tree branches pose constant threats to drone fliers and can cause an accident before their minds can react to it. Also there are problems with drones flying into non authorised zones or getting drenched in rain or snow. #aeronautics #spaceapps

It is thus a much required work, to develop a system that prevents the big toys from getting damaged. One way to do it is by developing an application which can be made available on the app stores of different mobiles and computers, this app of ours is much different from the others by the means that it can give the user full accessibility over the drone and that the app has a very interesting feature which we call as the automatic obstacle avoidance system, an innovative device that not only keeps the drone safe from dangerous objects in air, but can even help fighter planes escape missiles..sounds,kinda interesting right. Read on to see how the app works

1. Firstly the app should pair with the remote control of the drone via bluetooth or inbuilt wifi, the remote control then establishes a contact between the drone and the app over the flight control system, in some cases the mobile or the computer may be used as the remote control to allow direct monitoring of the drone. the app also monitors the usual things about the drones performance including it's :-

a. Speed

b. distance from starting point.(it warns when it thinks that the drone has gone through a large distance and the user cannot bring it back if the distance increases more)(battery would die)

c. battery temperature and other stats.(it warns when the drone becomes too hot)

2. A well detailed map system should be included within the application, this may be an independent system or it can take help from reliable mapping sources(such as google maps), the areas which are restricted should be included within the map and the government should do a regular checking for the same. An inbuilt GPS sensor within the drone sets off a warning if the drone is around 500 meters within the area, a h.f. sound can be used, the tone of which is created by the app's host device. The frequency of the alarm increases with the decrease in distance from the marked boundaries.

3. A reliable weather prediction source which works with the app to inform the person at the controls, about the weather conditions at the location of the drone, GPS sensor comes handy again.Before its flight the user may set the course of the flight on the app and know the weather conditions en route..and thus decide if at all to fly. The weather information can be made available from reliable sources.

4. Important part...i.e other drones. The app should sync with other applications of the same type(or there can be one app that caters to all types of drones) to create a common visual location network that shows the location of all drones in an area. Whenever a drone takes off, it gets registered to this network. People can see each other and thus reduce the chance of a crash, it can also inform users if their drones come within 200-50 meters around each other via the same warning sound i spoke of earlier. More dedicated systems may even show show the altitude of other drones in real time within a region in case both drones are after the same thing and thus can hover at different heights.Altitude sensors here...

5. And the last and the most interesting part ...staying safe from things which don't have GPS sensors in them. The list starts with tree branches, birds....to even drones which cannot reveal their location(either a top-secret one or a really cheap one). Here we can use long range proximity sensors placed at suitable locations over the drone. These would detect incoming objects and send a warning to the app so the user may act accordingly. this can even be made to automatically adjust its flight path incase the user does not act..well that's the most innovative part of our project. This works in the following way the proximity sensors are attached at the required tip of the drones, the data from each sensor is calibrated and fed into an inbuilt information compiler, the data from each sensor is continuously measured and taken as the distance from the sensor to a nearby object in specific co-ordinate axes, we've thought to add a basic 10 sensor system which generates data from the front,back, up,down,left,right,up-left,down-left,up-right and down-right directions, whenever an object comes towards the drone the respective sensor reports a decreasing distance data packet and from the information compiler the data is fed into a preprogrammed logic circuit, this then sees the available directions which are free of obstacles and turns the drone in that specific direction. We've even thought of a much better system where we can use rotating sensors to measure distances on any point on the drones circumference .Really useful for when the drones are in jungles. So, using all these things may increase the price of the drones by a bit..but as they say.. "better safe than sorry"!

So be sure to check out our solution website at .. http://droningsafely.space/ and the Under development(it still does not have motion, battery and distance stats) phase of the app itself at . http://droningsafely.space/app/index.ht ....we used the open source program http://getbootstrap.com/ for development of the pages...thanks!!!

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