DeKUT Students Develop A Quadcopter Prototype

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Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) started as a community project in 1972 then known as Kimathi Institute of Technology (KIT), opening doors to its first students in 1978. KIT rapidly emerged as a leading institution in the country in the training of Certified Public Accountants. It was upgraded to University status in 2007, and renamed Kimathi University College of Technology ( KUCT), a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology .

This institution operated as a constituent college for five years until 14th December, 2012 when it was upgraded to full university status after being granted a charter and renamed Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT).

DeKUT’s vision is to be the Premier Technological University Excelling in Quality Education, Research, and Technology Transfer for national development.To provide academically stimulating, culturally diverse and quality learning environment that fosters research, innovation and technology development towards producing relevant technical and managerial human resource and leaders to contribute to attainment of national development goals.

DeKUT has got creative student who joined and made a quadcopter in the school. Nowadays innovation has been of importance since employment is becoming a problem.

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A quadcopter is an aerial vehicle with four-rotor assemblies that provide lift and controllability. It is a helicopter capable of navigating autonomously when made to do so. The goal of the Autonomous Camera Based Quadcopter project was to design and build a quadcopter capable of operating on GPS waypoint navigating with multiple flight modes. It includes a live video feed and multiple layer of hardware and software fail-safe conditions.

This was developed as a project submitted to the department of Mechatronic Engineering in partial fulfillment for the award of Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechatronic Engineering by the following students:

    • Omondi Isaac Albert – E022-1257/2011
    • Njenga Ian Mugo – E022-1235/2011
    • Kirimi Dickson Munene – E022-1242/2011
    • Muraya Paul Gitonga – E022-1274/2011
    • Ngunjiri Newton Muchoki – E022-1047/2009

The following members of staff also played important roles in the project:

  1. Dr. Eng. Jean B. Byiringiro (Ph.D.) – Supervisor
  2. Mr. Njeru (DeKUT ADMATC Chief Technologist) – Mechanical Design and Fabrication
  3. Mr. Julius Karanja (Mechanical Laboratory Technologist) – Research, Consultation and Assembly

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