Drones have been slowly but gradually taking over the world. They are used in various applications – from small portable toys to loitering ammunition and kamikaze drones.
Airborne Drones have myriad uses. They are used for aerial reconnaissance during wartime, from identifying crops to taking pictures of heritage sights to save them for posterity.
However, drone making is a pretty exact art and science. This is not something that can easily be done inside a school lab.
A drone must constantly communicate with its operator and base station. Therefore, the feed has to be reliable and not susceptible to being hacked. It also has to be interference-proof from other electronic devices. Moreover, it has to be able to send optical images and other data in real-time to be useful for its operators.
It has to be flexible enough to turn on a dime and also have the capability to inform the user that it is almost out of its flying range.
The remote unit must also be sophisticated enough to control the drone’s property. It should be able to check pitch and roll along with the regular turn and elevation controls. Finally, a large payload bearing a large drone has to be powerful enough and have the range required to get the job done for which it has been created.
Woot Tech: A New Name in the Drone Industry
Though few people know it, all such technologies exist here in Pakistan – Woot Tech has been performing yeoman services for Pakistan’s (as yet) nascent drone industry.
This little-known company has made all kinds of drones, from straightforward quadcopters to payload-bearing large drones with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.
This plucky little company has taken on all comers, and in the Asian region, at least, they have few, if any, equals and hardly any superiors.
Woot Tech is a relatively new company that burst into the drone scene in 2020. At the same time, many of its designs look like many other drones. They have all been manufactured indigenously. The process includes the board designing of the drone. After the design stage on CAD/Cam machines and 3D printers, the drones are built, tested, and subsequently flown.
This company does everything from agile rotary wings to highly reliable fixed wings and Woot Tech’s flagship hybrid VTOL products. Its massive VTOLs or vertical take-off and landing aircraft can take off and land like a normal helicopter – yet at the same time; they can fly like regular airplanes too.
The good people at Woot Tech focus on the comprehensive design, manufacture, and operations of truly bespoke drone technology-based products. These aircraft can be used in a variety of industrial and commercial roles. At the same time, the company is also working on a ‘Kamikaze drone.
Woot Tech: Drone Technology at its Finest
The drones produced by Woot Tech typically boast endurance times going up to two hours of continuous flight time. At the same time, the larger aircraft can launch with payloads of up to 5 kilograms per aircraft.
These large, long-range drones offer many benefits and can be used for all business and commerce operations.
The company also offers tailor-made solutions and has the technology to develop drones to meet their client’s specific requirements.
They also offer a comprehensive suite of services that typically include both support and hands-on training for the safe operations of their drones. They continue to offer such support during both the implementation as well as the post-implementation phases of their drone technology,
WootTech drones are almost completely autonomous, and they also regularly employ artificial intelligence courtesy of the company’s in-house AI solution software suites. In addition, they leverage computer vision technology for this purpose. The pairing of this technology with these state-of-the-art flying platforms effectively ensures that the drones seamlessly incorporate AI-based technology to make these drones truly intelligent and fully autonomous.
WootTech’s eclectic blend of talent makes up its highly driven workforce. They include youngsters fresh from college to seasoned veterans of the aircraft industry.
The conceptual brainchild of its founder and CEO, Dr. Bilal Siddiqui, Woot Tech has already managed to make its name felt all over the aviation world. Woot Tech teams’ combined efforts paid off, and within a few short months, the company was officially recognized and inducted by AUVSI. That is The Association For Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Currently, the AUVSI is the world’s leading unmanned robotics and systems industry organization. They have inducted Woot Tech as their full-fledged member. Here, it is pertinent to note that Woot Tech is essentially the very first tech company to be admitted into such an august and elite club from the entire region.
AUVSI represents corporations and organizations from over 60 countries. Its members are involved in government, industry, and academia. They are instrumental in guiding policies regarding drones and robotics worldwide to ensure they get their place under the sun.
Woot Tech has always been very passionate regarding the promotion as well as the overall progress of various kinds of unmanned vehicles. Moreover, the company considers innovation in cutting-edge autonomous vehicle systems and all related fields its core business. This is why it is consistently trying to expand its network worldwide. Applying for AUVSI membership was but a natural move.
The Woot Tech Internship Program
Woot Tech firmly believes that innovation is an innate talent. One that has to be brushed and nurtured to shine in its radiance. Since an early start is pivotal to technological success, Woot Tech has always strived to ignite that hitherto unquenchable spark of unmanned innovation. Keeping this in mind, they opt for the brightest young minds in this industry.
The Woot Tech internship program accepts tech-minded students all year round. The company prides itself on providing students with hands-on experience in the full spectrum of air vehicle design and its attendant development process. As a result, these students are provided with their first exposure to drone technology. One where they are taught anything and everything, from the drawing board to actual flight.
Woot Tech believes their interns are an unforgettable and integral part of their team. Therefore, they want their interns to explore the world of drones. This way, they strive to ensure that their inventions reach the coming generations, who would be inspired to create even better designs.
These interns gain interpersonal, technical, as well as problem-solving skills. In the long run, all such skills are direly needed for the progress of the drone industry at the holistic level. Furthermore, since this is primarily an innovation-driven industry, quality hands-on experience ensures the highest standards in the aerospace sector.
Ultimately, these engineering internships are there to strengthen the resume of these students so that they can learn enough to make an educated decision and turn their experience into full-time jobs. It also helps the industry by selecting the best available talent available today.
With this premise, promising seniors, sophomores, and juniors, not to mention graduate students, are invited to explore the exciting opportunities in this sector. They also invite self-studied individuals and students enrolled in online MOOCs or any other degree program. The company believes in ‘catching them young and offers a school internship program to go with its higher education one. The steadily growing number of successful interns creates an ever-growing ‘Woot family.’
At the end of their respective internship periods, all students are trained to think outside the box in this industry and other aspects of their lives.
Comprehensive Re-design Services
Not all drones are created equal regarding claimed performance and delivery. Here too, Woot’s expert technicians step in to help. The company has updated many payload-carrying drones with state-of-the-art battery packs, optimized propulsion systems, and highly aerodynamic re-designing initiatives. They also repair damaged aircraft and ensure they work according to design parameters.
Airborne drones require comprehensive local support to perform well throughout their service life. Such support will increase the longevity of their projects. Here too, Woot Tech prides itself in its innate ability to deliver affordable and durable solutions for various aircraft and their operators. From flying wing design VTOL to A-tail quad planes – no challenge is too big for the Woot technical team.
Woot Tech is one of the few companies worldwide that has dared to dream big. At a time when even market leaders are struggling with conventional engines and large payloads, Woot has been thinking one step ahead. They have been working on jet engines for the next generation of aircraft.
Their engineers have been working on this concept for nearly 18 years, and as of now, they have a prototype of a jet engine capable of sustained flight with above 100k RPM. This is no small achievement for a new company that has been around for only a few years.
Woo Tech’s Different Drone Types
To date, the company has produced a wide variety of drones for different applications that include some of the following:
- The Hummingbird VTOL
- Survivor VTOL
- Alien X VTOL
- GCS ground control unit
The SkyWatch Program
In addition to the above, Woot Tech has developed the aptly named SkyWatch program.
This artificial intelligence software enables drones to process their feed from their optical sensors and report everything in real time. This software platform uses the raw data captured by drone sensors and turns it into actionable data and insights for subsequent action by the response teams.
This system uses computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to train drones effectively on aerial imagery. This way, they can identify and map everything they see.
Overall, Woot Tech is one company that has truly made Pakistan proud. It has been directly responsible for promoting innovation in this extremely competitive field. Thanks to Woot Tech, Pakistan is now part of that small community of nations that can successfully produce a broad array of high-end commercial, industrial and military drones.
Written By: Jaffar Ali