A 25-year-old renewable energy engineer from Cameroon has created a prototype solar-powered drone which can monitor northern Cameroon’s borders and spot Boko Haram terrorists, reports the Medra Times.
Borel Teguia’s UAM can fly for up to two hours against the usual half an hour for charged drones.
“I studied in northern Cameroon, and saw many families forced to leave their homes because of the war; I told myself that something had to be done. There is nothing more horrible than war, and nothing more valuable than human life,” Teguia told the Medra Times.
“I started working on this miniature device that could fly, make real-time videos and better monitor the Cameroonian borders. I wanted, so to speak, to give the Cameroonian sky an eye that would watch over its borders.”
He previously worked for the EDC (Electricity Development Corporation) and Aliqo Energy.
“I realised that there was a huge control issue all over the African continent. Drones could be a solution. Today, drones are involved in agriculture, telecommunications, health, cinematography, construction, art and culture. This is a boon for our company”.
This drone is constructed out of aluminium and plastic with four symmetrical engines and weighs 700g. The four arms give it high stability for smoother flying.
Boko Haram, has conducted numerous deadly attacks in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Chad.
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