FUTA builds an Heliosat- Satellite+Drone

Last Updated: September 29, 2020

Ologunagbe Olamide

November 27, 2019

Nigeria’s student is never stranded by the system, but always keep showing they can build a better system.

Oluwaseyi Falola, a graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University Technology, Akure, has built FUTA-Heliosat, a mini-satellite that also functions as a drone.

FUTA-Heliosat started two years ago under the supervision of Dr Oluwatosin Dahunsi, it can climb to heights, capture sensations in the atmosphere according to the task assigned it, take readings and relate data back to a ground station for analysis.

It can also serve as a normal drone for aerial surveillance and lands on water, when necessary.

The FUTA-Heliosat is not the normal Drone device. It is much more. It is actually a mini satellite with the additional advantage of landing on the water while its sensors pick information and send directly to a ground station.

Excited Dr Oluwatosin Dahunsi, his mentor and project supervisor said most of FUTA-Heliosat’s components were locally sourced, adding that some of the sensors were imported, but calibrated to fit into Falola’s mode.

He noted that with further fine-tuning and support from relevant agencies, FUTA-Heliosat can be mass-produced for security and other functions.


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