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Afghan brothers who had 'minefield as playground' develop drone to clear mines
by Umberto Bacchi
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14 December 2016
On 14 December 2016 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
As young boys growing up on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, Mahmud Hassani and his brother Massoud [were] inspired ... to develop a drone prototype to detect and destroy landmines. Their invention was on Wednesday (14 December) featured in the NT100, a list by Britain-based charity Nominet Trust of innovations that use technology to tackle major world problems. Mahmud Hassani, who lives in the Netherlands along with his brother, said their drone prototype was up to 120 times cheaper and 20 times faster than traditional mine clearing techniques.
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Fitted with a 3D mapping system, the drone locates landmines with a metal detector. Using a robotic arm, it places a small detonator on top of them before setting off the device remotely.
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