A youth corps member has test-flown a drone he made at the Permanent Orientation Camp of the National Youth Service Corps in Osun State where he is currently serving.

The corps member, Olaolu Ayoola, a graduate of Computer Science/Engineering of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso was the star attraction of the closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2014 batch ‘C’ on Monday.

Ayoola’s unmanned aircraft flew for about 10 minutes before it landed. Ayoola-with-the-drone

The device, fixed with a surveillance camera, according to the maker, can stay in the air for 20 minutes and is capable of climbing up to 500 metres.

The device with remote control and 2.4G radio transmitter carried out live recording of the event, which he monitored on his black berry phone.

Explaining further on the device, Ayoola said it can serve various purposes.

He said, “This type of drone, if fully developed, can be used by farmers. You can deploy it to fly round a farm of about 20 hectares and you will monitor what is going on.

“It can also be used to monitor traffic situation and flooded areas. I spent over N20,000 to build it, but I can do something with a bigger capacity and which will stay for hours on air if fund is available.”

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