New Delhi, Feb. 26, 2021—India has officially launched its first commercial quadcopter, a device that will allow a remote pilot to use it to help search and rescues and monitor the skies.
Dubbed a D1, the drone is being developed by the Ministry of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
It will have a range of capabilities.
The D1 will be capable of performing precision aerial maneuvers and aerial photography, and the government has said that it will be able to perform more than 300 flights per month.
It will be used to monitor and manage the air traffic control system.
It can also be used for navigation, and it can be fitted with GPS, radio navigation, or radar.
It will be made available to the public in 2021.
The drone will be equipped with cameras and video cameras to provide live coverage of the area to rescue workers and to give a sense of where rescue operations are occurring.
The government has also stated that it intends to make the drone available to private firms for research purposes.
The D1 is expected to cost about Rs 10,000 ($1,800) per unit.
The FAA has already approved its use for the purpose of remote navigation, aerial photography and other activities.
The drone, which will be available to Indian civil, military and civilian operators, has been developed by Honeywell Aviation, a subsidiary of Honeywell International.
It has been designed to fly at a cruising altitude of 500 meters (1,500 feet) or more, with a maximum range of 1,000 kilometers (872 miles).