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Iranian university engineers develop firefighting drone

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Engineers at the Iran-based Sharif University of Technology have developed a firefighting drone that relies on indigenous technology.

Iran: Engineers at the Iran-based Sharif University of Technology have developed a firefighting drone that relies on indigenous technology. Known as Hodhod3, the UAV is a multirotor drone that is capable of performing vertical maneuvers.

Multirotors or multicopters are rotorcrafts with more than two rotors. An advantage of the model is the simpler mechanics required for flight control. The drone has been designed to help put out forest fires, Mostafa Hassanpanah, an official with the company told a website.

At the same time, the UAV can also be used for inspection by firefighters and assessment of power lines. The drone weighs 5.3 kilograms. It’s relatively light design allows for the drone to take off from the palm of a hand.

Hassanpanah said, use of cutting edge technology, low price and relying exclusively on indigenous technology differentiate Hodhod3 from other similar drones.

“Other notable features of Hodhod3 are synchronous data transmission, full-automatic flight to designated bases in emergency situations and automatic landing.”

Hodhod3 has been designed to withstand harsh conditions and in case one of the rotors fails, Hodhod3 would still be able to fly by using its other engine. The drone also has night vision cameras which make it suitable for nocturnal operations.