This week I will be finishing up on the sUAS Flight planning training video. I and David were able to get the audio sounding better compared to the original video. It will be one of a series of training videos for the LASR team and partners.
This week I came back to the lab and working with Nathaniel and Jim to transfer the Land projects including the continuation of BrushFire to Nathaniel. After training him in the lab Nathaniel was put through several rounds of in the field training to make sure he was able to successfully act alone in the field with land systems. After the pass of I was briefed of the RF teams work on Gerridae. I removed the RC link and added control to only use Mavlink data control to simplif
This week, after returning from a week-plus hiatus, I finalized the code for the Air Quality Sensor and got it working as a sensor payload as part of the SenPi water quality monitor program. The air quality sensor we're using is the Air Quality Egg version 2, which is an air pollutant monitor designed by Wicked Devices, LLC for use by citizen scientists and educators. The setup for the system is simple: plug a Seneye Reef water quality sensor and an Air Quality Egg into a Ras
Last week I worked with Garrett and Nick on the golf course to gather performance data. I learned how to use the drone in tripod mode which enables one to hover over their target. When in tripod mode the maximum speed is 2.2 mph and responsiveness is reduced for smoother movements.
With the cherry blossoms blooming and the weather warming up, that means springtime has finally arrived. During the spring and summer, I enjoy many rounds of golf. This past week I decided to apply some of the tools we have in the lab to analyze my golf swing. With a driving range right around the corner from campus, Nick, Kenneth and I set out to capture some footage. The goal was to gather footage to compile an instructional video and critic my form. Anne Arundel Communi
I recently reached the 250 hour milestone for total flight hours logged on DJI systems. Practicing in high wind, long distance, low altitude mapping, and maritime operations has allowed me to gain experience in a multitude of different conditions. I have become more familiar with drone mapping software and am ready to dive into ESRI to begin learning story maps so I can present the data I've collected. Having mapped every portion of the schools environmental buffer I am now i
Two weekends ago I completed flight school so that I can begin flying drones commercially and for the lab. It was a sixteen hour Saturday/Sunday class that involved learning the controls and how to perform the required maneuvers. On Wednesday, Nick, Kenneth and I set out to fly on campus for my first time. Nick is our most experienced pilot in the lab and Kenneth is new to drones and was in my flight school class. We were flying over at west campus working with Nick to help m
This week I will be working on increasing my pilot qualifications and getting more comfortable with drone operations. I will be working with other lab technicians to gain more experience with drone deployment and learning to create cinematic videos. Ultimately, I want to be able to use what I learn from the lab technicians to create more interesting videos.