Ion-propulsion-Team Icarus
Team Members: KT Prajwal Prathiksh | Pranav K Das | Vedanth Sharma

“It’s a Bird…. It’s a Plane… What the HECK is it?!” - Well, that would be an ion-propelled aircraft, radically different from the traditionally powered aircraft

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The main motivation here for such a system in the first place is the lack of any moving parts whatsoever, which would significantly reduce maintenance in jet or propellor based planes. There are also applications where silent propulsion is required, such as steady drones for long-term surveillance, or with the use of solar panels, scale this set up to last for really long surveillance/reconnaissance flights, monitoring a huge area continuously.

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Learnings/Key Takeaways/Experience:

  • This project has been pretty fun and interesting, actually makes sense of how the heck just high voltages can make things fly!
  • We went from not even being able to measure our feeble thrust initially, then to realize it generates a measly 1.137 mN of thrust and eventually making some good progress in our project.
  • We learnt a lot about the electronics involved in High Power Electronics, and designing optimized aerofoils and also in fabricating them by hands in order to test out our hypotheses.
  • Although we still haven’t succeeded in bringing an actual ion-propelled plane as we had initially intended to, we did ‘tinker’ around a lot with the basic principles involved here and recording some valuable data, and drool-worthy videos!
  • But at the end of the day, this ‘experimental’ type summer project that we took upon ourselves to solve, has indeed inspired us to innovate, find methods and come up with solutions with whatever is available in order to make things work, all the while keeping in mind that our setups had to be validated and of sound logic.
  • Gesture Controlled Drone
    Team member: Dibyojeet Bagchi | Prashant Shettigar | Immanuel Williams | Karan Agarwalla

    Devices like drones are widely controlled using remote but what if we could control them using gestures!

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    Learnings/Key Takeaways/Experience:
  • We learnt about Flight controller KK2.1 PI calibrations and options on KK2.1 to check connections. Further the use of an IMU (MPU6050 in our case) taught us how to clear noise from an analog signal using filters. The choice of filters was extremely critical and after trials we found Kalman filters giving us the best of values.
  • Coding on Arduino IDE was also a pleasurable experience. Building our own transmitters and receivers taught us about pipes and addresses.
  • We learnt about aerodynamics of drones and the appropriate selection of components was an important part of it. The optimisation of usage of power was also important to give a good flight time. Building a drone by ourselves was a dream come true.
  • Bionicopter
    Team members: Abhinav , Rishyanth , Yagneswar , Karthikeya

    This project is to make a bionic-opter which is a remote-controlled robotic model of a dragon-fly.

    Learnings/Key Takeaways/Experience:
  • We have used wrong dc motors which were unable to give enough power for wing flapping but we did every design based on that which we had to change according to new motors. This gave us a very bad experience and taught a lesson for not planning an alternative.
  • Some of us did new-things like soldering, coding for Raspberry-pi (and hence learnt Python), 3D designing (some new parts were learned from the web) and working on 3D-printer.
  • Being always conscious while working is also a very important thing as being careless at some point of time ruins the entire connected parts.
  • Never procrastinate your work as this led our project not to complete on time .
  • Being Confident under any circumstances is the best learning for all of us.
  • High on Wheels
    Team members: Ekta Agarwal | Arjun gupta | Naman Saraf

    A quadcopter that can fly as well as walk. We have made a X shaped quadcopter that has a spider bot attached at bottom of it.

    Learnings/Key Takeaways/Experience:
  • If flying conditions are adverse due to different reasons like wind, rain, dense forest, etc then walking mechanism could help to ensure its safety as well as it will ensure a mission to carry on.
  • If our quad got caught sight of opposition then we can ensure to hide it on the ground due to its walking mechanism.
  • We want to create drones which can sneak into dangerous places without getting noticed, our project is somewhat related to it, that’s why we are doing this project.
  • Our spider bot is 4 legged which has 3 degrees of freedom per leg. It can increase and decrease its height It can walk front, back, left, right.