Bangladeshi researchers have created an unmanned aerial vehicle, popularly known as drone, which they said could be used to ease the gargantuan task of aerial surveys.
AplombTech BD, a technology research firm, demonstrated the drone, which is named Albatross and is still in at the experimental stage, in a children's science festival in the capital yesterday.
“This drone can do any aerial survey activities. Besides, it can be used to conduct emergency services like dropping food, medicines in crisis-hit areas,” Md Sayfullah, chief executive officer of the organisation, told The Daily Star.
Measuring two feet in length, Albatross is able to fly three hundred feet above the ground, he said. The remote-control-operated vehicle was in flight for 20 minutes yesterday, in the two-day "Children Science Congress", which started at National Science and Technology Museum.
The Society for the Popularisation of Science, Bangladesh (SPSB) organised the programme with the assistance of Bangladesh Freedom Foundation for the second time this year. First Security Islami Bank Ltd (FSIBL) has sponsored the festival.
Around 1,000 students from 300 educational institutions of the country are taking part in the congress, unveiling 163 science projects, 111 science papers, and 76 science posters.
Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, vice chancellor of the University of Asia Pacific, who inaugurated the programme, said the young science learners would be more interested in science education and able to think innovatively by using their experimental knowledge.
The noted academician discussed the contributions of some Bangladeshi scientists in the development of technology and encouraged the students to be engaged more in scientific activities. He expressed satisfaction over the rekindled interest of students in science.
M Sabur Khan, chairman of Daffodil International University's board of trustees, urged the students to take science education, and called upon entrepreneurs to patronise scientists for development of businesses.
The science museum director general, Humayun Kabir Khan, chaired the function, while FSIBL managing director AAM Zakaria and SPSB Vice-President Munir Hasan spoke.