Two teams from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun have won the University Challenge of India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0. on August 9, 2017. Each team has received a funding of Rs. 10 lakh to build prototypes of a Submersible Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and space debris management system.
A six member team Rajat Singhal, N Adthiyian, S.M Hamza Hasan, Vaibhav Bhatia from B.Tech Avionics Engineering, Cris Thomas from M.Tech Aerospace Engineering and Vertika Saxena from B.Des Product Design will now be working to develop a prototype of low-cost Submersible Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Using highly advanced technologies including artificial intelligence and image processing techniques, this prototype can be launched from an underwater platform, fly in air to perform certain mission and return to the underwater platform. Given its submersible capabilities this UAV prototype will also be able to withstand corrosive underwater environment.
The other winner of IIGP 2.0 University Challenge, Siddharth Ojha, a B.Tech Avionics Engineering student, will be developing a prototype of symmetrical hyperloop for the management of space debris in low earth orbit.
These students have emerged winners under the leadership of Dr. Kamal Bansal, College of Engineering Studies, UPES, and mentorship of faculty members- Dr. Vindhya Devalla, Sudhir Joshi, Dr. Amit Kumar Mondal, Vivek Kaundal, Dr. Kanak Pal Singh Parmar, Dr. Rajesh Yadav and V. K Patidar.
IIGP 2.0. is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation; TATA Trusts; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSTF); Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); MIT Energy institute; IIT Bombay; IIM Ahmedabad to accelerate innovative Indian technologies into the global markets using world class commercialization strategies and business development assistance.
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