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Introducing the Mine Kafon Drone, an airborne demining system  developed to clear all land mines around the world in less than 10 years
Introducing the Mine Kafon Drone, an airborne demining system developed to clear all land mines around the world in less than 10 years
4,318 backers pledged €177,456 to help bring this project to life.

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We want to improve our detection methods. EMC detection allows us to fly higher with more accurate ground detection resulting in a quicker rate on mine field clearing.
We want to improve our detection methods. EMC detection allows us to fly higher with more accurate ground detection resulting in a quicker rate on mine field clearing.

 

 

Batteries: Many of you have mentioned battery life as an issue, and we listened! For that reason we want to utilise Hydrogen batteries in our drones but to do this we need vital funds. Hydrogen battery powered drones can fly for up to 3 hours!
Batteries: Many of you have mentioned battery life as an issue, and we listened! For that reason we want to utilise Hydrogen batteries in our drones but to do this we need vital funds. Hydrogen battery powered drones can fly for up to 3 hours!

 

 

 

 After three years of work, we are proud to be back on Kickstarter to present the Mine Kafon Drone: an unmanned airborne demining system that uses a three step process to map, detect and detonate land mines.

The Mine Kafon Drone is up to 20 times faster than currently available technologies. 

The Mine Kafon Drone (MKD) offers an innovative solution to land mine removal, providing a reliable demining system that delivers accurate updates and information on mine clearing operations. 

 

 

Presenting the Mine Kafon drone to Queen Maxima at the Singularity U expo in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Presenting the Mine Kafon drone to Queen Maxima at the Singularity U expo in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The Mine Kafon Drone flies over dangerous areas to map, detect and detonate landmines from a safe distance. The drone works autonomously equipped with three separate interchangeable robotic extensions.

These three methodologies combined makes the MKD up to 20 times faster than traditional demining technologies. As well as being safer, it also up to 200 times cheaper.

1. Mapping

First the drone flies over the whole field with an aerial 3D mapping system to identify all the dangerous areas with GPS way points.

 2. Detection

Equipped with a robotic metal detecting arm the 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.

detection
detection

3. Destroying

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.

3. detonation
3. detonation

 

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There are 100 million 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 and expensive, and completely unacceptable if we want to solve the problem in our lifetime.

 

 

 

  

 

MKD offers a number of crucial advantages over the products currently used by demining organisations. 

  •  The MKD is completely casualty free and operates at a reduced cost to traditional methods. 
  •  Its modular system can be enhanced through the addition of sensors and tools, allowing the MKD to perform a wide variety of tasks.
  • The ability to map the area covered by the demining operation creates a wealth of information to aid the decision-making processes for on-going operations. 
  • Planning of demining procedures is made easier by the scanning process, allowing information to be gathered about at-risk areas before the demining begins. 
  • The data from each operation is collected and analysed in a structured and systematic way.

What if we could wipe out all the land mines and explosives in less than 10 years?

 

 

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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 the horrors of land mines from an early age. These experiences fuelled Massoud Hassani to develop a solution for a safe and smart solution to detect and clear land mines. 

Following Massoud’s first successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, backed by 4200 backers from all over the world, the Mine Kafon Foundation was founded. The Mine Kafon Foundation is an R&D organisation based in the Netherlands. In the past 3 years, Massoud and Mahmud have been raising awareness by giving lectures around the world and developing new approaches on how to fight land mines in different environments. In this way, they have crowdsourced many engineers and designers from all over the world and invited them to collaborate and volunteer on this humanitarian project. 

"So far, we have already developed several working prototypes of the Mine Kafon Drone. We have performed tests with the Dutch Ministry of Defense on their territory and spoke with their experts on demining difficulties. The Mine Kafon Drone is now ready for its next step." 

 

 

 

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First flight with the robotic metal detector and the Mine Kafon Drone.
First flight with the robotic metal detector and the Mine Kafon Drone.

 

robotic metal detector with integrated distance sensor and a gimbal.
robotic metal detector with integrated distance sensor and a gimbal.

 

Real time stream of the GPS detections on the base station.
Real time stream of the GPS detections on the base station.

 

Robotic gripper in action with the Mine Kafon Drone
Robotic gripper in action with the Mine Kafon Drone

 

It is now time for a pilot study showcasing the MKD’s capabilities. This is crucial for the actual development and production of the Mine Kafon Drone because we need to prove to governments, the UN and NGOs that the MKD works as a reliable and unmanned demining system. This also allows us to test different weather conditions and environments. Following these tests, we will be able to finalize details for the batch production of Mine Kafon Drones.

With the Mine Kafon Drone we can save thousands of lives. Civilians will have access to agriculture, water resources, education, and the freedom to play outdoor sports. A billion people currently cannot move freely for fear of mines. Can you imagine that we could liberate these people in all affected countries with the Mine Kafon Drone?  

We need your backing to reach our goal in realizing the safety of people in need. By supporting the Mine Kafon Drone project, you will help the world get rid of land mines, save thousands of lives, rescue the affected natural landscapes and help build the economies for those in need. Join our Kickstarter campaign and spread the word.

All your pledges will go directly towards developing the Mine Kafon drones. Thanks for your support for bringing this project to life. Every Life Counts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batteries: Many of you have mentioned battery life as an issue, and we listened to you. For that reason we want to utilise Hydrogen batteries in our drones but to do this we need vital funds. Hydrogen batteries can fly for up to 3 hours!
Batteries: Many of you have mentioned battery life as an issue, and we listened to you. For that reason we want to utilise Hydrogen batteries in our drones but to do this we need vital funds. Hydrogen batteries can fly for up to 3 hours!

 

Risks and challenges

Challenges

1. Detection
It can be difficult to detect land mines with traditional land mine detection technologies, as the quality of the metal degrades significantly after decades of lying dormant in the ground. Metal detection can also be hindered by differences in terrain and variations in the soil. Nevertheless, the MKD is able to detect even the weakest metal frequencies under ground in various terrains and can operate at full capacity in jungles, mountains, deserts or agricultural surfaces.

2. Robotic arm
The robotic arm needed to hold the metal detector at the necessary distance from the ground and navigate it with the change of the surface must constantly function at full capacity without generating vibrations that can disorientate the drone.

3. GPS positioning
GPS has a typical accuracy of 4 m, which is not sufficient when it comes to the mapping of areas that could put people’s lives in danger. In order to increase the accuracy of our GPS, the MKA uses triangulated GPS and external antennas on the field.

4. Streaming detection data
The provision of a video and photo report is relatively simple. However, linking pictures with their specific GPS coordinates and uploading them to the app requires complex software which requires extensive programming.

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    Personal message

    Thanks for being our hero by supporting a landmine free world. You will receive a personal message from the Mine Kafon team :)

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    THANKS for being our Mine Kafon Friend (MKF) We’d like to seal our friendship with a bracelet: a symbolic cord with a small laser engraved Mine
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    Sponsor 7,500 m2 of Mine Field 3D Mapping

    By pledging €17, you'll be sponsoring 7,500 m2 of mine field mapping during a pilot flight. With this contribution you will receive a digital image of your mapping site and we will mention your name on our website for helping create a mine free world!.

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    By pledging €25 you'll be sponsoring 10,000 m2 of mine field mapping during a pilot flight. For your generous contribution we'll send you a postcard with an image of the mapping site you sponsored. As well as that we'll mention you on our website for helping support a mine free world!

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    Show your solidarity against the land mine crisis with the Mine Kafon phone case. Every life counts.

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    By pledging €50 you'll be sponsoring 30,000 m2 of mine field mapping during a pilot flight. For your generous contribution we'll send you a postcard with an image of the mapping site you sponsored. As well as that we'll mention you on our website for helping support a mine free world!

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    MINE KAFON MINIATURE

    Thank you so much for supporting the Mine Kafon project. For your support we will send you an artistic Mine Kafon Miniature: a great conversation piece produced at our lab. The core is 3D printed and the feet are laser cut.

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    MINE KAFON GOODY BOX

    As a big thanks for your very generous contribution you'll will receive our special goody box. This includes all the rewards mentioned above and a hand-motion helicopter: a wind powered toy inspired by our childhood in Afghanistan.

    Everything in the box will be fabricated here at the Mine Kafon Lab. This box also contains a hand written postcard from our team as a gesture of our gratitude to you.

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    an Armadillo Lamp.

    For your overwhelming support you will receive an ambient pendant lamp inspired by our wind-powered childhood toys in Afghanistan. This beautiful lamp is hand made by one of our team here in the Mine Kafon Lab.

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    Early bird Mine Kafon Air - DIY

    Learn how to make your own advanced Mine Kafon AIr. This package includes a pixhawk board computer which is the heart of the drone. The Pixhawk features advanced processor and sensor technology from ST Micro electronics and a NuttX real-time operating system, delivering incredible performance, flexibility, and reliability
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    Mine Kafon Air with 3D mapping software

    The Mine Kafon Air is designed to scan selected areas with a high definition camera and is able to obtain information about the conditions of a certain region and define areas of concern. Using this information, the Mine Kafon Air creates systematic, efficient flight paths for subsequent detection and detonation drones. Therefore, the user knows the topography of the region and specifically of dangerous areas. The camera used is the mvBlueFOX-MLC. This module is a fully featured compact board-level camera perfectly targeted for space and cost sensitive OEM applications. A superior image quality in combination with a very high frame rate make the camera ideally suited for its purpose.

    The final models used in the field to map the danger areas around the world will cost around €12k. This special price of €3000 is a one-time offer for this Kickstarter campaign only, in order to reach our goal with your support..

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    MIne Kafon Machina with robotic gripper

    The Mine Kafon Machina drones are typically programmed and controlled from a distance; however, they can be set up to work autonomously. The MKM has an autopilot network that can program the drones to fly according to a GPS route.

    Its modular base is specially designed to allow various robotic extensions to be fitted to the drone.

    This model will be delivered with an open-source robotic gripper. The MKM has a heavy payload capabilities of up to 5 kg and a flight time of up to 30 minutes. The final version will cost around €20 k. The price of €5000 is only valid for this campaign in order for us to reach our goal with your support.

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