Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
Vyorius is drone manufacturing start-up that has created a hybrid drone with the capability of both conventional planes as well as a helicopter. We aim to create a light drone that will be able to fly 60 minutes and carry payload up to 700 grams with an average speed of around 60-70 km/hr. Our drone won't require any catapult, runway or launching mechanism. Allowing the drone to access remote areas. Our innovation lies in the designing of our aircraft. We have created a three thruster winged design with capability of converting from three thrusters to two thrusters and moving ahead to convert into just one. Doing so we will be able to conserve three times less energy needed. This will allow us to fly thrice of anything with the same specification. Once we gets up in the air one thruster shuts off and the forward two thrusters tilt to provide linear thrust as in the case of conventional planes, allowing us to fly at three times lesser thrust in comparison to multicopters . Hence we can fly both like a helicopter and a conventional airplane without any changes through a single machine.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Drones are the future of aerial transportation. In India, currently there is almost no time bound medical emergency response available. Traffic congestion, lack of seamless information flows between hospitals and ambulances contribute to this problem. Lack of access to blood and long delivery times takes a huge toll in lives lost unnecessarily. We want to use specially designed drones to bridge this gap. Right now we hear that drones will be used for medical supply, delivery and First-Aid. The average flight time and payload capacity of available drones is 20 minutes and 300 grams respectively. Using them for such operations is still a far-fetched idea. We have a minimum viable product and looking to create a product. The project also won a grant from DST and is right now being mentored at International Centre for Entrepreneurship and technology.
Sustainability and future plans
We will start manufacturing by mid-2019 and will have a pilot of a fleet of 20 Drones in our first year from where we plan to increase our fleet to 8000 Drones in the next 5 years. This is a new technology and the market for this is still evolving. The risk involves in the fact that there will be failures in terms of technology tests and will cost time and money. The execution is also regulated by government and thus will require special permissions. We will be building our own test rigs to safeguard the test phases and we have already started going through the policies which are going to be put off soon making way for a technology like ours. The total cost required to develop a working prototype will be 20 lakhs. Procurement of raw material (carbon fiber) - 4 lakhs Fabrication and installation of body- 1 lakhs Mode conversion system- 2 lakhs Advanced electronics procurement and installation- 2 lakhs Flight tests - 1 lakhs Payload development - 2 lakhs Manpower - 6 lakhs Equipment - 2 lakhs We have given ourselves a milestone to get our first product done in the next 6 months. With a already working prototype this looks possible to us. We will invest the first month in team development, figure out raw material in the next month, Work on connectivity issue for three months, design 15 days per cycle, autopilot and sensor 10 days per cycle, Ground station back end and front end, 3 months. Camera, gimbal and image 5 months, Product body manufacturing in 30 days, integration in 30 days, product 6 months, with 5 units in the first month.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Nishant Singh Rana , age 23, graduated in 2017 from Delhi Technological University with majors in Electronics and minors in Robotics. I lead a team of 12 people, all young innovators to create a unique drone. This team later won the grant for developing this into a product by Indian government and now supported by government of Gujarat. We now have a patent pending drone technology with the capability of both a conventional airplane and a helicopter and can be used for safe medical kits deliveries at remote locations without requirement of any catapult, launching mechanism or runway. We have a working prototype and are looking for further investments with several offers. I have also lead a team of 5 young entrepreneurs to build a one of its kind digital healthcare platform for medical professionals, enthusiasts and patients. This team was selected for GSE Asias top 100 startups. I was among the team of individuals to pitch to the PMs of India and Israel. We are at beta testing with people from all across the globe joining us to build a digital community.