Tuesday Views: 22 March 2022

Weather – Verticals Youth Empowerment Center Update – UNESCO Link for Ukrainian Refugee Aid

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The weather turned. The snow is gone, and rain persists, so I get to fly a few times a week. I was showing a student member of Verticals what you can get with a 400-foot range Figure 1. I was standing across the street from an EMS station in an abandoned lot.

Brownsville from above the Little Bridge

Verticals Youth Empowerment Center

How It’s Going: Sessions Announced

The three days I participate as a volunteer instructor are as follows: April 28th, May 5th and May 12th, 2022. Those are Thursdays, all day events.

Test Meeting

Verticals is a local community development center that gives kids a choice of after-school programs that enrich young lives and provide a sense of pride in community. A link to the group is provided.

I signed on as a drone coach and provided some media resources. I was going to teach kids how to fly recreational drones, get the soon-to-be mandatory – and EASILY OBTAINED – TRUST flyer certificate from the FAA, online for free, and then get down to business. I was going to teach them how to make a video with a drone. We would go over flight plans, cinematography, operations, editing, and then presentation. This module was planned to integrate seamlessly within a larger ecosystem of courses in technology applications, physical well-being, and business development. These are hands-on tangible experiences that have lifelong value.

Local Resource

Now that we have students, we have an idea about the way this will work, and I will stick by Verticals as it develops a flying environment determined by its needs. Community groups will have some authority to determine the nature of its flight operations in local airspace come this fall 2022. As long as a pilot is connected to the group, the area can develop flight operations that best suits the needs of the group.

Topics in the Verticals Youth Empowerment program include artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, digital fabrication, coding, media production, design studio, blockchain, and crypto. Courses in the topics are presented alongside fitness and wellness resources. The center director is retired NFL pro-football player William James, who stepped off the gridiron and into a new life arena.

Verticals Youth Empowerment Center is designed to stimulate young minds, give parents an inclusive environment in which to socialize, and to offer youth a sense of pride in themselves and their community. There are other facilities in the works. This is real, and I am learning so much about people in such a positive light. I grew up doing volunteer work.

I assist a class in the workflow of a drone cinematography project they create and produce. I hope to provide material to be used at other Verticals locations. I hope to help people prosper here. I want to find a perspective on life that elevates us.

Tellos programming in Python

Three modules and a text file.

Keyframe in Autonomous Mode Stationary Vehicles Proximity

Just like with the DJI line, the Skydio2 is not afraid to win the limbo contest, even in thick, choking dust. The autonomous function begins at 1:13. It plots a reverse sequence of the keyframes initiated by inputs in the app written to, presumably, just a text file in the software, last in, first out. You do the same thing to program audio sequences with Betaflight. So, here in Figure 2 is a drone passing within inches of construction equipment backwards, using the cameras to determine the proximity of nearby objects. I flew in poor light at sunset.

Figure 2, A video of a Keyframe Test

UNESCO Link for Ukrainian Refugee Aid

Russia bombed a big building where the word ‘children’ was clearly marked upon the ground visible from below the clouds. What can these people do to survive the raining bombs? Seek a network.

Take Action. Volunteer to clothe, house, medicate and educate the living wave of humanity fleeing for their very lives because of indiscriminate bombing.

No More War!

The Chinese and Russian Alliance Is a Blind Date

The new Covid variant making it spicy in SE Asia is a gripping reminder that we are still in the tall grass. I don’t believe China or Russia. BRICS intensifies a conflict among global banking systems.

Q: What do Putin and Xi have in common?
A: [Just Say Yes]

Drone Shop Update: Waiting on Tax Return to Purchase a 3D Printer, Resumption of Second Recreational Flyer Build

I am shopping for a 3D printer, a cheap one, something crude and laughable – something that reflects my budget. I discontinued active services for 3D printing months ago. I discontinued the CADD subscription. The prices for the tools I once used are completely out-of-reach at the moment.

I am going to use my tax return to get a 3D printer kit. I should be able to print a model of a building, and then skin it with graphics online, turn it into a virtual 3D object to share. I will do that for the class. If I had a thermal camera, I would print a series of thermographic image of the structure and skin it. I will use open-source software if possible.

In the meantime, a better first project than printing a knob for an old cupboard would be to print a mounting plate for the thermal camera that can integrate with a camera tripod. I need a mounting plate. I have nuts, bolts, stand-off and shock absorbers galore, but no box. I want a box that can take the heat coming from the device, something I can accidentally drop on the floor. I imagine that if I had revenue, money, weird stuff like that, I could just go buy all the thing and then work.

I stopped working on a drone build a few months ago. If my younger son wants me to hang out, the opportunity cost is high if I refuse. He has severe ADHD and a speech delay. There are no kids his age around here. If we go back into lockdown, he knows at least he’s locked down with someone who gets his humor.

Reading List

I had some material to develop that I accidentally deleted just before the site crashed, so I am just leaving this here undeveloped, for your reading pleasure.

Click to access 2201.03414.pdf



Click to access 2203.10217.pdf

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I became a drone technology service integration researcher in 2017 while in university. When I am not working on drones, I am researching related scientific reports and industry news, flying drones, or tinkering with electronics. Contact me for information about services.

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