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Anna University’s CASR to tie up with firms for funds
The Centre for Aerospace Research (CASR) of Anna University, which is spearheading the developmental activities of unmanned aerial systems in the country, has decided to enter into joint venture projects with Indian companies to garner funds for their projects.
Accordingly, CASR will tie-up with companies having interests towards manufacturing and marketing of unmanned aerial systems designed using technology developed by CASR on royalty basis.
CASR has been handling sponsored projects and consultancy projects since 2001 for various government agencies including Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). At present, CASR is developing unmanned aerial system for Indian Air Force (IAF).
Sources from Anna University said that IAF faces several challenges while undertaking Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and innovative solutions are being sought to provide better support.
One such way is the deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones as the first response for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions while circumventing existing human limitations.
Collaborative UAVs equipped with appropriate software have the potential to create better HADR capabilities.
Accordingly, Anna University’s CASR will be participating in the IAF phase II drone challenge to demonstrate the collaborative behaviour of a swarm of unmanned aerial system at pre-arranged simulated environment.
Therefore, CASR are looking for joint venture partners tofund the required systemswhich will enable CASR to participate in the forthcoming stagesof the challenges.
On completion of the phases, the funding will be reimbursed by IAF at various stages. This can be claimed by the company on submission of relevant documents.