With vlogs and cinematography grasping the attention day by day, it’s no wonder that drones have turned out to be popular among youths. Depending on the intent and purpose for why you may want one the prices differ. But for the worse, there’s no denying that with drone laws getting stiff and considering how expensive drones are in Nepal, they are still way out of reach from the masses. But, what if drones were made in Nepal? Wouldn’t it be cool?
Although consumer drones aren’t made in Nepal, a boy’s passion for drones turned him into a ‘custom drone’ geek. Sishir Subedi, a student taking a gap year after his higher secondary schooling opted to experiment around with the process by which drones were made. He said, “I first started with building FPV racing drones, and just like with anyone of us I didn’t get it for the first time”. Fast forward to today’s date and he’s taking orders for custom drones via quadcoptersnp.com with prices starting from NPR 30,000 going all the way up to NPR 1,50,000, which at first glance may seem expensive but once you compare it with other options available, you’ll know the difference.
Sure, custom drones aren’t aesthetically up to the mark and are for niche users with a specific purpose, but the customization options and possibilities that you get with custom drones are endless over consumer drones. And that’s the main game-changer. From the size of the drone to the camera mounted on the drone, everything is for you to pick and can be tailored to your requirements. At the same time, this also makes repairs much easier.
On being asked what his further plans were, he said: “I incline towards technology so I’m looking to pursue IT while working on my passion, i.e. drones, simultaneously”. All his research were via the internet, “that’s how I taught myself and this is where I learned about creating a website for showcasing my drones” he further added.
Furthermore, he has been putting more emphasis on conducting workshops on how individual parts work and how they contribute to the performance of the drone. He tutors how to assemble and customize drones to your liking, including the frequency at which the remote communicates with the drone. Sishir says, “The drones that I have assembled are remotely operated and runs at 2.4GHz frequency”. With workshops going on well he has also started importing electronics from Banggood, an online shopping site based in China. That is where he gets his drone parts from.
Quadcopters Nepal; the name is yet to be reckoned by masses but the project in and on itself has got a lot of potentials. The enthusiasm and usage of drones are still in its infancy but surely they are bound to be everyone’s favorite piece of tech in coming years. To say the least, a startup owned and created out of a teenager’s passion sets an ideal for many of us and also shows Nepali youths’ growing influence towards drones and technology in general.