Green at Drones
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green explores the Nimbus Lab and—with limited success—tries his hand at piloting drones.
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- [00:00:10.168]So this is the drone lab?
- [00:00:12.690]This is the drone lab, it's the NIMBUS lab.
- [00:00:15.440]You can see we've got a facility here
- [00:00:17.880]that allows us to fly indoors.
- [00:00:21.170]We have lots of other drones here
- [00:00:23.490]to teach students how to fly.
- [00:00:26.610]In the NIMBUS lab we're working on kind of the future
- [00:00:29.430]of drone technology, but we've also had the opportunity
- [00:00:31.870]to actually start a company based on the work
- [00:00:34.440]we started here and now we're commercializing
- [00:00:36.930]this fire ignition system to help
- [00:00:39.100]with prescribed fires for land management
- [00:00:41.270]and grassland management and forest management.
- [00:00:43.810]And saving lives, preserving resources,
- [00:00:47.279]making a real difference,
- [00:00:48.660]this is research that matters with impact.
- [00:00:50.530]It's what we do at Nebraska.
- [00:00:51.730]It really is, go Big Red.
Go Big Red.
- [00:00:54.310]How did you get involved in this kind of work?
- [00:00:57.250]I actually did my graduate work
- [00:00:58.640]on search and rescue robots.
- [00:01:00.110]From there we actually, I came and started working
- [00:01:02.250]with Carrick here on how we could use drones
- [00:01:04.760]to do other things well,
- [00:01:05.870]how we can help other people in other applications,
- [00:01:08.700]and so how can we actually make the world better
- [00:01:10.940]and safer with drones.
- [00:01:13.610]So Adam tell me about this system that you're working on.
- [00:01:16.230]Okay this is the deployment mechanism
- [00:01:17.980]for our digging drone.
- [00:01:19.340]So imagine this is floating down on a parachute
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- [00:01:24.650]As it falls and it reaches certain altitudes,
- [00:01:27.570]certain things start to happen.
- [00:01:29.320]The first is gonna be the shell is gonna fall away,
- [00:01:32.360]and then the arms will pop open,
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- [00:01:37.330]from the lid and fly to its final location.
- [00:01:39.580]It then lands and automatically starts to dig.
- [00:01:44.750]And so what we have is an elevator
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- [00:01:52.570]The drone leaves it there and flies away.
- [00:01:54.680]What's the chance I might be able
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- [00:01:57.110]I'm glad you asked.
- [00:01:58.440]This stick is gonna be your
- [00:02:01.720]like your thrust,
Up and down?
- [00:02:02.900]Your up and down.
- [00:02:03.733]So this is up and down and this is
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- [00:02:16.340]Yep, now go to the right a little.
- [00:02:19.180]Go ahead and turn it down.
- [00:02:25.470]Okay and you're turning so go
- [00:02:27.207]to the left a little bit with your stick.
- [00:02:29.612]Oh go down.
Ah, told ya.
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- [00:02:35.253]now bring the stick down a little.
- [00:02:37.633]Op, you're, oh go down,
- [00:02:39.362]go down.
- [00:02:41.839]I think we're good to go.
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