Teenage innovater from Kashmir’s Pattan designs an agriculture drone

A class 9 student from Khore Sherabad, Pattan has designed a drone to help farmers in spraying pesticides in their orchards in a better and efficient way.

The unique innovation 15-year-old Aryan Khan has come up with has been named as ‘Agriculture Drone’.

“While spraying pesticides or nutrients in the orchards, farmers are not able to do that properly by the regular sprayers. Pesticides do not reach tree uniformly. Some portions of the trees remain dry, while a lot of the chemicals get wasted on the ground. This agriculture drone of mine addresses that problem.”

Aryan says the quadcopter with a range of about 500 meters will save time, energy and pesticides to the farmers. “The sensors fitted in the drone will allow it to spray only when it detects trees and foliage. Therefore there will be no wastage of the pesticide,” says Aryan.

“It can also be used for aerial photography, but presently I am not able to afford the camera required for it. Another benefit of this drone is that it can be used for controlling fire at higher attitudes.”

Aryan, who recently demonstrated his innovation at a science exhibition, says it took him years of hard work to complete the design of the ‘Agriculture Drone’.

After working on the idea almost for three years, finally, his hard work was paid off in April last month, when he surprised everyone by his unique innovation.

A student of Mohmmadia Education Institute, Khore, Aryan was declared the topper at the science exhibition organised by New Era Public School, Pattan and brought laurels to his parents and school.

“It was a science exhibition where many schools of Tehsil Pattan participated. I won first prize. Now I have registered at DIET (District Institute Educational Training), Sopore for the district level competition that will take place next month,” he says.

Aryan has been very bright from his early childhood days. “Aryan is very good in his studied and every year he stands among toppers in his class. Fiddling with gadgets is his childhood habit. He has been making different things and also working as a technician at his own home by repairing electric equipment’s, cars and many more thing,” says Aryan’s mother, Dilshada Akhtar.

She is proud of the achievement of her son and wants the government to help Aryan in developing his idea into a successful project.

“During the course of making this drone, I have learned many softwares, assembling hardware and making certain programs. Every time I was falling short of equipment and it took me more time in procuring the equipment used in the drone.  This is my own idea and I have worked on it singlehanded throughout all these years. I faced a lot of difficulties like the equipment used in it are not available in the market. Most of the time I used to order it online,” Aryan says and adds, “My family supported me through thick and thin without their support it would not have been possible for me to come in front of the world.”

Providing the details of the equipment he used in the project, Aryan says, “The drone is made up of 4 pieces 30-ampere esc, 4 pieces 1000 kV brushless motor, flight controller, 10 inc propeller, 11.1v lipo battery.” He says the range of the drone is up to 500 meters and takes the height of about 100-150 m and can fly for up to 15 to 20 minutes.

Presently Aryan is modifying his design to prepare it for more competition and bring it to the best levels of efficiency.

Looking at the future, Aryan wants to keep on innovating things he has been dreaming of. He says the next immediate project is a low-cost electric bike.

“My next idea is an electric bike a chargeable one that will be less prone to accidents and easily affordable to the common man but it needs huge financial help,” he concludes.


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