KyivPost: Scientist aims to create drones to inspect power lines

Serhiy Babak, a scientist and a vice president of economics and future development department at the Kyiv-based University of Emerging Technologies, has many passions. Making drones is one of them.

Babak, 36, who was raised in a household of scientists, says that his interest in drones emerged by chance. After Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Babak wondered why human beings were still needed to tackle the aftermath of a nuclear disaster.

“Why should people go and die there if you can use drones?” Babak asks. That’s how he and his team at the Science and Technology Center at Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences came up with the Crane drone aimed at monitoring radiation levels.