Public Service Message - Blight - Abandoned Buildings are Dangerous 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 Brownsville, PA Police Department Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation (BARC) and Mayor Ross Swords Filmed and edited by Falcon Photo and Oils

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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.

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  • 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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Meeting with UASSC about UAV bridge inspection by Joseph Phillips

We talked drone inspection of bridges. Above, beside, below, different kinds of bridges, At night, over people, roadways, that's an issue. Nights are important because thermal imaging works better in the evening, when the price increases at rental places, ha! Waivers and road clearances for drops or inspection. Waivers for crossing over a road. The most significant problem I have seen in PA is with the winter thaws. Water in the rock expands in the winter and cracks it, and when the ground thaws, the rocks tumble free of the slopes. Roads wash down hillsides. I would check the slopes around bridges. We have had incredible amounts of precipitation, even a tornado! last month. In Uniontown. 

From aerial survey, it might be possible to predict and assemble work schedules from precise measurements over time. 

One thing I was surprised no one talked about was using robotic craft to drive out on and over the ice on a winter's day or night to do checks on the bridge. 

I know it sounds crazy, but I wanted to test a five pound craft on the ice, so I made a gelatin puck about 10 inches in diameter, 2 inches tall and chucked it out onto the frozen river. The megapuck shot across the ice, and the ice held. I didn't want to pollute the river or spend any money. I used stuff no one would eat. I made it entertaining.