LIDAR Experiments

Looking to add Laser Light Detection and Ranging to my drones with a couple of the nice LIDAR units that can fit on them these days…

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems (UAV/UAS) or as popularly named “DRONES”

After a year or two of flying some small hobby-grade drones (Syma X-11, X-5) including solar charging, I have moved on up to a mid-range drone – the Cheerson CX-20 (white drone below). This larger quadcopter drone is capable to lift Go-Pro sized high quality cameras and I have acquired a Go-Pro clone camera that is HD (1080p), 2.7K and 4K video capable to continue my adventures with aerial imaging, GPS navigation and remote operational testing.

Shipyard 1 Diagram Illustration

Concept here looks good…

Space Workbench

Shipyard 1 Diagram: This construction platform integrates a large scalable 3D printer system, enabling construction of cutting edge in-orbit, which could one day lead to thousands of people living in space as a result of the enormous lightweight pressurized volumes that could be eventually produced utilizing returned asteroid materials from a vibrant asteroid mining industry. Products fabricated include cubesats, paneling, trusses, telescope arrays, vessel furniture and domicile products, and more. Perhaps the most important capability, the production of lightweight paneling and shielding, which can be transformed into large open volumes for LEO colonization, will drive demand for asteroid returned resource materials in the 21st century.

Introducing the latest rendering concept diagram. All Rights Reserved. 2015. (c)(TM).

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NASA SAYS IT WILL HELP SPACEX WITH MARS 2018 MISSION WHILE CUTTING FUNDING FOR ITS OWN MARS PROGRAMS

So a couple years back I took a online System Engineering course taught by NASA and others (SSE101: Survey of Systems Engineering) and the topic of the end of course project was a robotic Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission. Here is a concept we used derived from SpaceX. I will see if I can find the project research files and final paper for download, if you are interested in more details than just the graphic just post a reply on my WordPress blog and let me know.

 

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