Frequently Asked Questions
Mine Kafon Drone is the first unmanned demining system and is unique because of the three methodologies combined:
1. First it flies over the whole field with an aerial 3D mapping system to cover all the dangerous areas with GPS way points.
2. Then MKD hovers really low up to 4 cm over a mine field to detect land mines with a robotic metal detector extension. Every detection will be tagged with a GPS flag on the platform.
3. Finally MKD places small detonators with a robotic gripper on every detection to blow them up from a distance.
These three methodologies combined makes Mine Kafon Drone much safer, 20 times faster and 200 times cheaper than the traditional technologies.Last updated:
Yes, Mine Kafon Drone has several working prototypes which have been tested extensively. For example, we’ve already tested with the Dutch Ministry of Defense. However, to prove that Mine Kafon Drone is a reliable demining system in all weather conditions and different environments, we need to do this pilot phase.Last updated:
Traditional and existing demining systems are mostly operated by humans or animals. It is vert slow and time consuming. Of course it is also very dangerous.Last updated:
There’s a hidden problem in the world, both literally and figuratively, that something as deadly as a land mine can be overlooked and forgotten because it’s out of sight. Although the developed world seems to have been mostly cleared of this problem, its deadly and mutilating effects are constantly experienced by civilians in over 60 nations. The numbers seem daunting, with more than a 100 million live land mines worldwide and nearly a billion people at risk, but humanity always invents solutions to problems and especially to problems that we have put in place. In a collective and humanitarian effort we can defuse this hazard, which will enable the land to become useful again. There are land mines where farms ought to be; there are land mines where sports fields and parks ought to be; there are land mines where educational and medical facilities ought to be.
With the current technology, as employed by NATO forces, land mines around the globe can be cleared in 1100 years. The Mine Kafon Foundation wants to reduce this period into 10 years.Last updated:
After our first Kickstarter campaign a lot has been done. Besides raising awareness about this forgotten problem, we have crowdsourced many engineers and designers from all over the world and invited them to collaborate and volunteer on this project. The experts from the deming organisations such as MAG International, UN, DCA and the dutch EOD has advised to come up with a multidisciplinary tool which could operate on different environmental landscapes. So far, we have already developed several working prototypes of Mine Kafon Drone. We did test sessions with the Dutch Ministry of Defense on their territory and spoke with their experts on demining difficulties.Last updated:
We need funding for further research and development of Mine Kafon Drone. We have already
developed several working prototypes. Now we need to do a pilot phase to collect as much data as possible to be able to integrate them into our final product. Also, we need to test in different weather conditions and environments. After that we will be able to finalize the end results for production of Mine Kafon Drone.
This might seem like a small step, but this R&D process is necessary to create confidence for
governments, UN and NGO’s in order to make demining with Mine Kafon Drone possible in the
future. We need to prove that Mine Kafon Drone works and it’s a reliable unmanned demining tool.Last updated:
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