Ebox Graphics by Joseph Phillips

Ebox Graphic

A box with a luminescent letter ‘E’ on it. Learning to use a nice piece of software called MagicaVoxel.

I am in between projects. The drone I was building broke. I started working on a Stereo Pi, and the HDMI female port coupled to the board tore loose. I had video, distribution, ready to rock n roll, and then lost video for a …stereoscopic camera rig. Decided to take a week to decide what to work on. I have a few dozen sensors, some Pis, and some Arduinos. I was able to get two of my 3 new Pis working. The A+, the 4 work. So, I have 4 Pis working all day, a B, a B+, an A+, and a 4. I have a Banana Pi that is doing zero.

So, with two Arduinos, four Pis, a 4 channel DC/VAC 5 V/250 V relay, a box relay( ‘plugs always on or always off ‘) w/signal bit line, two 8266s, two 32s, some motors, I should be able to build something anyways.


In other news, I am working on Python. I was taking an online course with MIT but I am struggling with the exercises. I am hunting for jobs. That task consumes most of my free time. Last week, when I broke the Stereo Pi, my plans for the month were shot. I had been looking forward to this project for months. So, with the demise at hand, I fought back creatively.

  • I sketched out two 16” x 20” paintings

  • I did some housekeeping on a trilogy.

  • I focused on programming

  • I worked on MagicaVoxel

  • I hung photos and straightened my basement lounge, tested some speakers, cleaned.

So, I am going to work on an ESP 8266 project, and tie a Pi and an Arduino together. Everything will be attached to a thin piece of wood. I will work on controlling motors, reading sensors, and building an ad-hoc network to control a light switch.

Just whip that around a bit.

Just whip that around a bit.

If I did graphics for a living, I would not be sad. These are fun.

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Waivers for River Race July 20, 2019 by Joseph Phillips

Filed a 4-part waiver to do interesting work at a kayak/canoe river race slash bluegrass festival/craft fair.

This be the 3rd Annual Poker Run Kayak/Canoe Race as part of the Friends of Belle Vernon Recreation , argh! The waivers are procedural stanchions applied to risky endeavors. I am looking to experiment with: high altitude, use of a VO in concert with operations from a moving boat, and flying the drone over people. I thought to file one for flying within 5 Nmi. of a towerless Class E airport FWQ, but there’s no need. Folks at PIT were much friendlier, and seemingly more informed than the person with whom I spoke at the Rostraver airport.

The requests to the FAA were made in earnest, and I also submitted supporting documents, including an SOP/COA, and a “full-spectrum” analysis of risks and mitigation, a one-page distillation of an eleven-page preamble that provides a more organic narrative for the event. It is my intention to use this 3-part filing measure for simple waivers. Pronounced improvement in my understanding and execution of the filings will give me a chance to provide training material to staff, so I anxiously await feedback. If, in the event I do not hear back from the FAA on these four waivers, then I can just do some other types of shots.

The race is 13+ miles of easy paddling up the majestic Monongahela River

as it meanders up the valley on the route folks used centuries ago to head West into Ohio after the Youghiogheny and Allegheny Rivers rivers join in confluence at the Pittsburgh delta. Pittsburgh’s downtown area, known locally as “the bathtub” is built on a delta where the three rivers join.

I have my eye on a couple of VO candidates. One has loads of technical expertise, and the other is very local. Either one can use binoculars and see well, stay sober and accountable.

The waivers lead up to the grant I will pursue next week. It helps me with scheduling, resources, JSAs and SOPs.

That’s what attracts me to engineering: rehearsals, gradual improvements, a sense of mastery after pivoting to synthesis of new ideas after one receives feedback.

The Drama of Perseverance

These critical elements used for planning are like a sort of unwitting chorus to a Greek play: Three unities: time, place, action, but in the case of the post-modern, post-everything, the action is seldom finished (it is a becoming-object, forever beta), the action itself is often subdued because of agendas, and the place is no longer localized. In short, these items are tessellate, fractal, incomplete. Scientific work is not a thing, it is a way towards understanding.

Following the contractor event in DC next week, I am going to focus on another event coming up in July, an autonomous shindig. I will work on my drone and my camera rig soon enough, but assembly and configuration are the easy parts. Getting capital is much more of a challenge.

It will be nice to fly a bit and explore new heights above the Mon Valley. It is a beautiful place, with lush garden, and is far from dead.

Falcon Photo and Oils is OFficially a "profit-seeking" entity, no longer purely academic project by Joseph Phillips

  • I built this site as a demo of what my company could be.

  • Now I am going to use it.

  • Refiled with SAM and SBIR as a profit-seeking company in an economically depressed hubzone.

  • Re-registered my drone as a component of a Part 107 UAS.

  • Got a proper buisness e-mail

  • Built a password-protected project portal

  • Shopping for partners, stakeholders, and artists

I’m going flying.

Going to try to do aerial shots of historical sites in SW Pennsylvania today. Hoping to create stylized orthographic mosaics of these models.

A Public Service Message for brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation by Joseph Phillips

Filmed at the abandoned Brownsville General Hospital property in Brownsville, PA. The structures there have been vacant for decades. Footage shot by a certified remote pilot operator with permission. Please DO NOT trespass on this property. It is extremely dangerous. Thanks for watching! Public Service Message brought to you by: Brownsville, PA Fire Company #1 https://www.facebook.com/BrownsvilleF... Brownsville, PA Police Department Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC) http://barcpa.org/ and Mayor Ross Swords Filmed and edited by Falcon Photo and Oils https://www.falconphotoandoils.com

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Current Affairs: 2019 by Joseph Phillips

Volunteer Work

  • Working with Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation is challenging. The website is abandoned, the collections unorganized, and the de facto leader of the group is unavailable, at best. I have spent 90 days trying, unsuccessfully, repeatedly, in person, by email, and through conversation with anyone possible, to get a photograph of a photograph of a petroglyph dynamited in the 1930s. The entire focus of my work, I have explained, is tied up in the process of getting the photograph, organizing its “lending” to me for an hour to photograph and study the quality of the aging material upon which the image resides. The process of memory itself is my puzzle. We hold items in our memory, forget them, lose them, remember them when triggered by events, phenomenological triggers, ideas that constantly evolve and unfold and permeate our consciousness and imagination

  • I wanted to show how this photograph of a petroglyph is surviving in the haphazard care of a tiny Pennsylvania cultural collection, a rock carved thousands of years ago by people who may have built the earthen mount at the end of my road, Redstone Old Fort, site of Fort Burd, site of the Nemacolin/Bowman’s Castle or whatever it is that people so choose to call it. How is it surviving? Where is it on a daily basis? Why is it that I request to see it and every opportunity is thwarted by disorganization. I feel like I am haunted by it. Seriously, I’ve been in contact with the Heritage Center on a weekly basis for months so I can just take a photo of it. Called the owner of the photo. Ignored. It’s disturbing.

  • Published media in www.swpenna.com

  • Cannot get any more information from historical society. No one returns my calls. BARC was started by HHC, so it’s comically ineffectual.


I work for a construction manufacturing company that makes sheet metal products. My position is “Estimator” , training, just as other new hires train to become a Chief Estimator. You have to be stupid for six months to get fired there. I have a chance. I am becoming an expert on HVAC system installation, manufacturing, production and such. All our steel comes from the USA. So, the China tariffs, if anything, gave us a boost.. Everyone losing money on imports is shedding customers our way. We are nailing good deals, and it is exciting to see a company that I growing and successful. We move tens of millions of tons of steel per year. I work with CAD, architectural drawings, and different forms of software and coding systems to create mock-ups, models, BOMs and bids for jobs. Hospitals, schools, research centers, manufacturing plants, and the occasional parking deck. I am learning more than the job entails. It will help me model autonomous drone transportation constraints.

Drone Engineering

I have a drone build underway, a little 90 mm FPV nano drone, a real screamer. The only thing I lack is a radio, but it is on it’s way.

Also, I have a vision recognition system and breakout board coming. I will build a 250 mm drone next with a camera system, fat with batteries and long-range telemetry. Going with that will be a ground-based radar antenna, an IFF and g.s. to connect with ATIS and others. It’s an infrastructure drone.

After that, a 300 mm screamer with a parachute and frangible arms. This one is literally a cras test drone with experimental frame and composites, and a detachable carriage with COG servo and biomonitoring chip for a climate controlled ride. Then comes the big lifter able to carry 15 lb. package for 15 miles at 75 mph. A giant, wraith of a drone. After that, I work on fixed-wing.

The final iteration combines the elements I need:

  • Highly maneuverable with payload, contingencies for crashes, vision recognition mode, autonomous mode, custom landing programming, intelligent flight planning and learning, bio-monitoring, TROS with app-enabled client support. Secure data partitioning and NAS integration for small to mid-sized airport work, at proximity and altitude barring necessary geofencing.

  • Small fast, medium sensor-driven, large rescue/response, xtra large lifter.

  • Have been studying nighttime illumination material: lights, circuit analysis, lenses, pucks.

  • Have been robbed of any chance at SBIR due to poverty. Don’t be poor.

  • Funding

  • There is no funding. My sweat and insomnia pay my bills while I sleepwalk through me day job. I received a rejection from Zipline. I had filed for a remote pilot operater position before I had completed my thesis, production analysis, financial planning and other steps needed to scale an aircraft manufacturing firm. I sent them an updated resume. No expectations.

  • Current interests

  • Getting into Python, getting cash flow, Spring. Production work underway for Brownsville, PA historical project and a PSA for the local Fire Department.

    • Abandoned Hospital Grounds: Danger!

    • MMS research

    • Breathrough Starshot

    • Asking embarrassing questions and musing extravagantly on AIAA websites and social media pages.. It is so easy to tease quality information from a rocket scientist. All you have to do is confidently share bad ideas. Then the heavens open up and I get schooled. Glory be on thrusters.

Medical Unmanned Aerial System Service Integration thesis is online. by Joseph Phillips

Thesis title: Medical Unmanned Aerial System for Organ Transplant Delivery

  • DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17477.29928

II published this on ResearchGate. Without resources, I have no way of pursuing the project, so I am sharing in the hope that someone cares. About two dozen people die every day in the US waiting for organ transplants. I found issue with logistics and costs associated with organ transplants, so I devised a service which could absorb healthcare costs and saves lives. That is my mission.

When I bring up automation, people often conjure the idea of an anthropomorphic machine putting slippers on lazy feet, walking around and acting like a person and doing menial tasks. My idea of automation is the performance of tasks at inhuman intervals, or inhuman environments, machines that do things we cannot do, not things we can do. So, I take umbrage with people who insist I focus on problems already solved, on tasks we could pay people to do. Engineering, to me, represents a realm of invention for inhuman solution. People cannot hover in the air nor can we move through the air with the precision of a piped fluid, but a drone can. Airplanes swoop and flare. Drones hover. Instead of a world of curves, the drone has curves and sharp angles, just like my ginormous thesis.

I felt strange about pursuing this research. It navigates robotics, UAS technology, and put me in touch with the harsh realities of funding opportunities in the US. How can a couple of people working together in a garage change the world? Walt Whitman and Samuel Coleridge, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. It’s asymmetric and unintuitive to believe that it happens all the time. That Westinghouse and Tesla happened. That Orville and Wilbur Wright happened. That, indeed, it is the only thing that ever happens. People get together and share resources and the permutations shake the firmament. I am hoping I can partner up with a couple of people who share my passion and vision of sustainable medical drone services.

Joined an Experimental Aircraft Association chapter to entertain awkward conversations about drone integration by Joseph Phillips

If I want to see why drones are bad for airports, I need to talk with pilots. It is not comfortable for me, but the conversation has to start locally if it is to have any impact. I know I am on their turf and going to be ridiculed often, so, for all you drone pilots out there who want to learn from my mistakes and missteps…

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