The Centre for Aerospace Research (CASR) of Anna University will soon help the Northeastern states to construct roads in difficult terrains by providing accurate information using spatial technology. CASR, which has expertise of preparing and handling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), is likely to start the project from October 25, as stated by the officials of the centre.
In the first phase, at least five UAVs will be sent to Meghalaya for carrying out ground survey work for construction of roads in inaccessible areas and in subsequent phases, the project will be extended to other Northeastern states. ‘We signed an agreement with North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) in January. Under the project, we have to provide them UAV-related support in carrying out different developmental projects in northeastern region and the survey work for road construction is our first project there,’ said CASR director K Senthil Kumar, adding that the UAVs, which have the capacity to fly at high altitude, have been specially designed for the project.
‘Flying UAVs at high altitude is not an easy job. The higher the UAV goes, the more problems it faces as the air density decreases and atmospheric pressure also changes,’ shared an official.