India’s 1st Passenger Drone: A startup in Pune, Maharashtra has created the country’s first passenger drone – Varun. The pilotless drone developed for the Indian Navy can carry a payload of up to 130 kg. The drone has the ability to cover a distance of 25 kilometers with this weight.
The drone manufactured by Sagar Defense Engineering Company is capable of making a safe landing in the air even after a technical snag. In case of emergency the parachute will automatically open and help in a safe landing.
The company’s co-founder Mr Babbar has said that the Varuna can be used “as an air ambulance or for transporting goods to remote areas”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi saw Varun’s performance last month. A video was also shared on Twitter by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The caption associated with it read, “Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the demonstration of India’s first drone that can carry human payload. Varun, which can carry a person inside and has a payload of 130 kg and a range of 25-33 minutes. Maintains a distance of 25 km with flight time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tried his hand at flying a drone earlier this year at the two-day India Drone Festival in Delhi.
During his address at the event, PM Modi said that it is his dream that everyone in India should have a smartphone in their hand, a drone in every farm and prosperity in every household.