4 Turkish students studying at Bursa Technical University have established a company to produce personal drones that have special features as requested by customers, whether for fun or business, amid the growth of this industry in Turkey.
The company called “Mayfly” – according to students – aims to produce large quantities of drones with features and shapes that take into account the nature of the private business that they will undertake.
The Camgöz MF1 was the first name given to prototypes of these students’ drones.
These models were produced in terms of design, components and software with local resources, before students applied to the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office for a patent.
During the development phase of their work, students benefit from the facilities and laboratories provided by Huss Mühendislik, which works in cooperation with Bursa Technical University, in the field of producing industrial designs, electronic communication devices and software systems.
This student orientation comes in light of the growth of this industry locally, and the confirmation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, last July, that his country will become among the first four countries in the world in the manufacture of drones.
In an interview with the local “Crater” magazine, Erdogan explained at the time that the manufacture of armed and unarmed drones is one of the most important projects of Turkish defense industries, and there is a large external demand for Turkish drones.
A student in the electrical engineering department at Bursa Technical University, Yassin Celik, says that during the past few years, Turkey has managed to achieve great achievements in the field of military aviation and drones.
Celik adds that he and his colleagues believe in the richness of the contributions of young entrepreneurs in the development of the drone industry, especially since Turkey has strong potential in the fields of civil aviation.
“Our goal is to be able to enter the market with local products, and as a growing face of the Turkish civil aviation industry, we are able to enter this sector by producing drones that take into account customer requirements and using systems that can produce direct solutions to the needs of the end user,” he continues.
Student Gleick, who is currently in his third year of studies, states that they are also building devices that can test the effectiveness of these systems.
“Our main goal of our work is to enter the drone market through unmanned aerial vehicles that operate using 100% local software and hardware,” he continues.
Cars according to customer needs
“We are working to produce drones according to the needs of customers. For example, when you come to us with a problem, we conduct studies on it, and if you are a farmer, we can provide you with a drone to spray agricultural pesticides at a low cost,” he explained, explaining how the project works.
He notes that “the drones that they designed operate automatically (automatic) by specifying the starting point, the landing point and the work required to be done.”
He also points out that his team is ready to establish cooperation with other companies in order to produce drones, stressing that he and his colleagues are working hard to achieve their dreams of developing their project to broader horizons.
Fun and production
For his part, Abdullah Cakiroglu, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bursa Technical University, says that his team is currently working on registering the “Jam Goz MF1” drone in the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and obtaining a patent on the design.
On the features of the prototype of the march, Çakırlu explains, it has a viewing angle of 170- 175 degrees, 4K resolution (very high) and a 25fps camera (number of pictures per second).
Furkan Ishqai – a sophomore in the Mechatronics Engineering department – explains that they introduced 5 different flight modes in the first drone they produced (Jam Goose MF1).
Ishqai states that the aforementioned drone can adjust its features according to the demand and needs of customers, and it is also able to maneuver and operate in the “flip-flop (jumping in successively in different directions)” mode that drones love.
Matin Sherif, a third-year student in the mechanical engineering department at Bursa Technical University, notes that the drones market is full of standardized designs, and that they wanted to produce a distinctive type of drones.
Sharif expresses his hope to enter the drone market, from the widest of its doors, by gaining end-user satisfaction and finding solutions to problems through the use of drones.