Introducing the Mine Kafon Drone, an airborne demining system developed to clear all land mines around the world in less than 10 years.
There are an estimated 100 million active land mines worldwide. Every day, 10 innocent civilians are killed or maimed by these explosives.
Today, land mines can still be found in more than 60 countries, constituting a significant risk to communities across the globe. In these countries, the victims are mostly civilians, children, women and the elderly, with tens of thousands of innocent people killed every year, and many more injured, serving as a horrific reminder of the past.
Using current technologies, clearing or even detecting all land mines across the entire world would take over 1100 years. The established processes are slow, dangerous, expensive, and completely unacceptable if we want to solve the problem in our lifetime.
Growing up on the edge of Kabul in a little town called Qasaba in Afghanistan, Massoud and Mahmud Hassani, the brothers behind the Mine Kafon Drone project, experienced first hand the horrors of land mines from an early age. These experiences fuelled Massoud to develop a solution for a safe and smart method to detect and clear land mines.
Massoud and Mahmud Hassani shook the foundations of demining in 2012 with Mine Kafon, a wind powered spherical anti land mine device, with a design based from the structure of a dandelion. Mine Kafon is approximately the height and weight of an average man, allowing it to trigger landmines as it rolls over them using the power of the wind.
After three years of work, the team is ready to present the Mine Kafon Drone: an unmanned airborne demining system that uses a three step process to map, detect and detonate land mines.
First the drone flies over the whole field with an aerial 3D mapping system to identify all the dangerous areas with GPS waypoints.
Equipped with a robotic metal detecting arm the Mine Kafon Drone (MKD) hovers above the ground at approximately 4 cm to detect mines. Every detected mine is geotagged on the operator's system to construct a map of known mine locations.
For the final phase of the process the MKD, attached with a robotic gripping arm, places a small detonator on every detected mine. The land mine is then detonated from a safe distance using a timer.
The Mine Kafon Drone is up to 20 times faster, 200 times cheaper and immeasurably safer than currently available technologies. Imagine if you could fly with hundreds of Mine Kafon Drones all over the affected landscapes worldwide and free the world from landmines.
With such a disruptive approach to demining we could save thousands of lives.