Trimble announced a collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) to support a new program in uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV) to be offered by the Department of Aerospace Engineering. A signing ceremony to officially launch the program was held on October 26 and attended by Professor Tarun Gupta, dean of research and development; Professor Onkar Dikshit; Professor Bharat Lohani; Major General Dr. B. Nagarajan; and Professor Salil Goel from IIT Kanpur. In attendance from Trimble were Rajan Aiyer, managing director, India; and Sanjeev Trehan, director, business development and sales.
Trimble has contributed direct georeferencing (DG) products for UAV survey and mapping to the institution. This includes a suite of Applanix board sets and the supporting processing software. In addition to the hardware and software, Trimble will also provide training and support to educate the UAV engineering team on how best to integrate and use the products within their teaching curriculum.
“We are excited to spearhead the development of UAV technology in and for our country, which is being put in the spotlight under a new government sponsored mandate for ‘Made in India’ commercial UAV solutions,” said Professor Salil Goel, PhD in philosophy in geomatics and will be using the technology in his student’s coursework and lab exercises and for further research and development. “Our collaboration with Trimble will allow India to leverage the technology for the country’s agriculture, telecom, urban development and other industries.”
IIT Kanpur was declared an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act. With a dedicated program for UAV education, it receives government funding to develop UAV technology and build out labs to support student training and research. IIT Kanpur’s researchers are credited with creating the first solar powered UAV developed in India, named MARAAL-1 and MARAAL-2.