- A third-year university student is planning to design and build fighter jets for a living
- Xolani Radebe is currently designing and manufacturing drones
- The drones are vital as they can be used in search-and-rescue operations, besides a wide range of other functions
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A third-year Wits University student, Xolani Radebe, is planning on designing and building fighter jets. Xolani is studying Aeronautical Engineering and has a small company that is currently both designing and manufacturing drones.
A drone can be described as an unmanned aircraft. According to an interview with Xolani on eNCA, he is working on a supersonic drone which can be used for search-and-rescue operations. These drones have AI capabilities, which allow for facial recognition.
The AI capabilities also allow for the identification of heat signatures and the trails of the lost individual. This is done to identify and rescue a person, regardless of where they are. Xolani said this can help with search-and-rescue operations in remote areas.
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Xolani was asked by an eNCA journalist how long it would take to build a supersonic drone. He explained that the lockdown had hindered progress on drone manufacturing. He cited the regulations as the reason behind the inability to purchase components used to build the drones.
Some of the components used in the manufacturing process are imported as they are not easily found in South Africa. He proceeded to explain that it would take a maximum of two years to complete the building process of a supersonic drone, dependent on the lockdown regulations.
He added that if the country were not in lockdown, it would take him a maximum of six months to complete the building of a supersonic drone.
In other interesting and innovative news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a Japanese automobile company which has successfully completed the first test drive for a flying car.
The test drive for the Sky Drive Inc car was conducted on August 25th at the Toyota Test Field, one of the largest in Japan and home to the car company's development base.
The car, named SD-03, manned with a pilot, took off and circled around the field for about four minutes, as reported by CNN.
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