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ALAPPUZHA: Three times he failed, but Muhammad Insaf was not ready to give up. The 14-year-old persisted and got the last laugh by proudly displaying the tricolor on August 15 at his school using the drone he made using scrap materials and a phone camera portable. “His passion for making a drone grew after I brought him a small one from China when I went there for commercial purposes four years ago,” said Father MA Ansil, from Inayath , Neerkunnam.

“He got damaged after four or five flights, but the passion grew in him. He began to develop one, but it was also damaged three times during its manufacture. But he was in no mood to give up. Finally, he developed a drone capable of flying 600m at 30m in height. Teachers at his school asked him to unfurl the tricolor on Independence Day at school and he did so proudly,” Ansil said.

Insaf spent around Rs 10,000 to make it. “I studied its assembly by watching YouTube. Plastic bottle caps, an old CD, a pen refill and an aluminum rod formed some of its components. Flight control devices, transmitters, OTG receivers and a few other devices were purchased online. My father gave me 6,500 rupees and my sister Nouzha Fatima the remaining sum by opening her treasure box,” Insaf said.

“The tilting camera was also purchased online. The drone is controlled by a joystick and the video captured by it is recorded on the mobile phone, which is connected to the camera,” he said. Insaf’s mother, Sulfia, said he was very passionate about digital devices and electronics from a young age. “He also studied Hindi to follow the instructions on how to make drones on YouTube,” Sulfia said.

ALAPPUZHA: Three times he failed, but Muhammad Insaf was not ready to give up. The 14-year-old persisted and got the last laugh by proudly displaying the tricolor on August 15 at his school using the drone he made using scrap materials and a phone camera portable. “His passion for making a drone grew after I brought him a small one from China when I went there for commercial purposes four years ago,” said Father MA Ansil, from Inayath , Neerkunnam. “He got damaged after four or five flights, but the passion grew in him. He began to develop one, but it was also damaged three times during its manufacture. But he was in no mood to give up. Finally, he developed a drone capable of flying 600m at 30m in height. Teachers at his school asked him to unfurl the tricolor on Independence Day at school and he did so proudly,” Ansil said. Insaf spent around Rs 10,000 to make it. “I studied its assembly by watching YouTube. Plastic bottle caps, an old CD, a pen refill and an aluminum rod formed some of its components. Flight control devices, transmitters, OTG receivers and a few other devices were purchased online. My father gave me 6,500 rupees and my sister Nouzha Fatima the remaining amount by opening her treasure box,” Insaf said. “The tilting camera was also purchased online. The drone is controlled by a joystick and the video captured by it is recorded on the mobile phone, which is connected to the camera,” he said. Insaf’s mother, Sulfia, said he was very passionate about digital devices and electronics from a young age, “He also studied Hindi to follow instructions on how to make drones on YouTube,” Sulfia said.

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