Day 1: We went on a tour; this campus is ENORMOUS. I normally average 5,000 steps a day. I nearly reached 20,000 steps today… The new people I met in lab are nice. AJ (my mentor) explained the basic concepts of drones. ie… pitching, rolling, thrusting, and yawing. We were introduced to the flame wheels.
My name is Amy Guo, and I am a senior studying Computer Engineering at Saint Louis University. I enjoy electronic circuit design, digital design, and computer system design. I’ll be spending my summer at UNL doing research in the NIMBUS Lab. In my free time, I like to paint, bake, and eat good food.
Our weekly objective is to learn how to operate vehicles manually and programmatically. I hope I pass my flight test with the Hubsans, so I can move on to flying bigger drones. I’m really excited to go out into the field to see the hexacopter fly.
Day 2: I flew a Hubsan. It was hard. I kept confusing yaw with roll, and the drone kept drifting so that didn’t help. We started putting together the flame wheel. After lab, a few of us went out to play sand volleyball. Then we watched Children of the Corn.
Day 3: I tried to install ROS. Turns out I needed a Linux machine to make that happen, so I got a virtual box on my Mac. After installing ubuntu and ROS to run on my box, I got a pop up warning that said I’d run out of space on my hard drive. Then Dr. Duncan gifted me a laptop for the summer. Sadly, I had trouble getting ubuntu on the virtual box on the new laptop. On the bright side, I finished the hardware aspect of piecing together the flame wheel. Then I went to the picnic at the park. I ate really good fried chicken, and took cute pics with all my new friends. We watched the Babadook later that night.
Day 4: I began the software portion of the flame wheel. I downloaded Mission Planner on the new laptop because it needed to run on Windows. I connected my drone and calibrated according to the manual. We played sand volleyball again after work. Then we watched Teeth and 1922.
Day 5: I practiced flying more, and I took my flight test today. Did I pass? Stay tuned to find out!