A 17-year-old Ukrainian teenager named Igor Klymenko has grown Quadcopter Mines Detector, a drone capable of detecting mines from the air. His invention, he hopes, will be ready to be used in wars in Ukraine and Russia before 2023 with the aim of clearing his country’s mines and preventing any damage caused by them.
Klymenko’s family left Kyiv (his hometown) after the bombings began earlier this year. Since then the young man has been working on a drone from the basement of a house in the countryside, which has already earned him the Global Student Award, which has brought him financial benefits. 100,000 dollars (100,931.81 euros).
“I was staying with eight people—says Ukrainian for Smithsonian magazine—. This time we heard explosions, rockets, planes… and it was really difficult to concentrate, just to concentrate and about the war. I don’t think”.
The teenager is a student of computer science and mathematics at the University of Alberta (Canada) as well as a degree in automation of computer-integrated technologies at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
Klimenko explains that the development of the drone did not begin from scratch in the basement, but was A project he started when Russia invaded Crimea in 2014 And he had started again. Therefore, the young man started flying drones in his childhood. Now, he had the collaboration of scientists and programmers to design his quadcopter mines detector, with two prototypes and two patents registered in Ukraine.
Quadcopter Mines Detector
Klymenko’s invention uses as a basis F5 Pro, a drone available from the company 4DRC for less than 100 euros. In this, the young man has added his own made metal detector to find the mines.
Drones have GPS, so once an explosive is detected, it can send an infrared signal to a phototransistor (of a programmable circuit) on an Arduino board. The board then executes code written by the teenager in the C++ programming language, which calculates the coordinates of the mine within two centimeters from the recorded starting point.
The quadcopter mines detector has a range of between 20 and 30 minutes, and can travel up to 8 kilometres. According to its inventor, It is capable of scanning a square kilometer in two or three weeks.Something that he has tested both in the laboratory and in the open air.
Klymenko intends to add software to its drones that allows for more precise location and, in addition, which differentiates between different types of mines. also want to include a blast system To be able to disable them remotely.
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