ahaDRONE Kit Cardboard Drone by Srinivasulu Reddy

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
ahaDRONE Kit

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cardboard Drone

INSPIRATION:
"A Drone for Everyone", that simple vision meant, we explored drone use cases to bring up a product fulfilling user's requirements. Early on we realised that it is expensive, every drone that crashed added to the cost of development. In our quest to find a better way to make drones, we embarked on an adventure to develop a versatile medium for modelling quadcopter airframes. We dived deep into corrugated technology, understood the nature of paper, glue and their interaction, we re-engineered the entire corrugation process to achieve the desirable corrugated medium.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The opensource airframe design made from 5 ply engineering corrugated board along with opensource flight controller software and hardware makes is made available as a flatpack do-it-yourself kit. The kit includes everything to build and fly the drone. ahaDRONE has a low environmental footprint, adapting the drone to different applications by altering the airframe or software is as simple as cutting and gluing paperboards or editing few lines of code in Arduino studio, the easiest opensource programming toolchain available.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The kit contains all components such as flight controller, battery, propellers, motors and accessories to build and fly a drone. Eight airframe boards with component cutouts are stacked to form a flat pack. Assembling the airframe is intuitive, airframe board has essential instructions printed on it, a detailed guide is available through a QR code URL. The fully assembled drone can be piloted using any smartphone or tablet with WiFi capability, no app installation is needed, the flight controller has an onboard web server which provides remote controller functionality.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was in the making for over a year, it was developed at our facilities at Adarshnagar, Hubli and KLE Tech Park, Hubli, as well as our corrugation partner's locations at Bangalore.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
We revisited the century old corrugated technology and re engineered to produce corrugated boards that are fit for aerospace applications. We explored the interaction between cellulose fibres and glue, this helped us better understand the nature of paper board such as warping, bonding and stiffness. We reengineered the fluting and pasting machines to make corrugated boards with the least amount of warping, uniform stiffness and high strength.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Kit Dimensions 458 mm x 458 mm x 30 mm Weight : 2.28 Kg All Up Weight of the fully assembled drone : 250 Grams

TAGS:
drone, uav, quadcopter, drone kit, cardboard drone, ahadrone, opensource drone

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Conventional corrugated board suffers from lack of uniformity in stiffness, In our effort to bring about uniform stiffness, we needed to study how corrugated board is made, it's not just paper and glue, there definitely is a process to it. We experimented with starch and synthetic glues, we also experimented with virgin, recycled, kraft coated and uncoated paper. We experimented with fluting and corrugation process for different configurations of flutes and several sizes of the paper board. Airframe design and prototype drone experiments were carried out concurrency.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part was to develop a corrugated board that has uniform stiffness in all directions and maintains it's flatness after being exposed to diverse atmosphere conditions. The next biggest challenge was to build a useful quadcopter airframe within an 18 inch X 18 inch square cardboard, we took an iterative approach to develop the airframe, after about 17 iterations we stopped counting. Due to scarce resources we took more time than required, we got there eventually.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-27 17:03:53

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Srinivasulu Reddy, Gururaj M S and Himanshu Gupta

IMAGE CREDITS:
Gururaj M S

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patents are being filed at this time, none of the protections that we are seeking to patent have beeng disclosed in this nomination.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Skykrafts Aerospace Pvt Ltd

PROFILE:
Skykrafts Aerospace makes drones for commercial applications in agriculture, education, forestry and research. Skykrafts Aerospace has developed opensource cardboard drones, and looks at corrugated board as a key engineering material, that can be used in designing drones and robots modelled and simulated using industry standard CAD/CAE tools. By launching ahaDRONE kit, they have demonstrated the efficacy of corrugated board in engineering applications, if it is good for drones, it is good for pretty lot of stuff. The drone kit features opensource designs, electronics and software allowing the user to continue with their own development. Skykrafts Aerospace has developed end to end solution for spraying and applying liquids in crops, this solution has the potential to reduce the amount of pesticides used in crops by applying precise amounts of liquids only when it is needed at the affected region. Due to proliferation of drones, there have been a spike in the number of drones incidents. By using Drones, IoTs and Blockchain Skykrafts Aerospace is building the drone infrastructure to bring accountability to all drones, their pilots and their operators. Skykrafts Aerospace is based in India, it currently has facilities at Bangalore, Hubli and Hyderabad.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Ahadrone Kit Cardboard Drone by Srinivasulu Reddy is a Nominee in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category.

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Ahadrone Kit Cardboard Drone by Srinivasulu Reddy is Winner in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category, 2018 - 2019.

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