Back in June of this year, Indian cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni invested an undisclosed amount in Garuda Aerospace, one of India’s most valued tech startups that are working in aviation and space; who are one of the market leaders in DaaS or Drones as a Service space.
In collaboration with the former Indian cricket captain, the team unveiled a ‘made-in-India camera drone’ named ‘Droni,’ which has some pretty advanced and cutting-edge features and will be mainly geared towards enthusiasts and consumers looking for a Made-in-India drone. Garuda Aerospace’s Droni is a quad-copter drone, which means it has four sets of propellers.
As of writing this article, technical details about the drone, such as the camera’s resolution, flight hours, battery life, etc., aren’t available.
Garuda Aerospace has been offering drone solutions for agricultural pesticide spraying, solar panel cleaning, industrial pipeline inspections, mapping, surveying, public announcements, and delivery services for years. In June, when Dhoni invested in the firm, he was also signed as the Chennai-based drone startup’s brand ambassador.
In an official statement, the company’s founder and CEO, Agnishwar Jayaprakash, said that the product would be available in the market by the end of 2022.
“Our Droni drone is indigenous and can be used for different surveillance purposes. It is efficient, seamless, and high quality from a tech and builds standpoint. By providing Make in India drones, we hope not just to become Aatmanirbhar for the demand of drones but also place India on the global map as a hub for superior quality, safe and secure drone, and drone-based solutions,” Jayaprakash further stated.
Along with the consumer-market Droni drone, Garuda Aerospace also launched a new drone specially designed, keeping farmers and agriculturists in mind, called the Kisan Drone. The Kisan drone has been designed with a particular emphasis on aerial application or spraying. He can carry out agricultural pesticide spraying over a land area of 30 acres per day.