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Marina del Rey, CA
Hometown: Long Beach

Member since:

October 22, 2011

What kinds of robotics projects are you most interested in working on?

I want to participate in building a solar powered UAV that can fly around the world nonstop before Piccard and his group in Switzerland fly a manned solar airplane around the world. Piccard was first to circle the world in a balloon. Interested in being able to recharge UAV batteries with solar cells using the sun or sun and lasers on the ground to keep in flight to remain on station for months or years. An alternative method is to maintain a "mother ship UAV" with a laser to power a UAV thousands of miles away if solar cells are not enough to recharge in daylight. Lighter and more powerful solar cells will eventually not require more than sun for charging.

How would you describe your experience with robots?

Have some preliminary aircraft design experience. Expert at weight and balance. Want to have a college/university Technology Center with automated tape placement machine(s) 3D printers, laser sinter machine (3D metal printer) with CNC milling machine(s), CNC lathe(s), surface grinder and (automated inspection laser targeting checker -don't know correct name for technology) to simplify developing new R&D concepts inexpensively. I may get to setup a semi-robotic factory to build or final assembly[masked] luxury cars a year within five years. In high school I bought plans for a Cassett racer to consider adding 4 feet behind pilot to add a second seat, add about 20 square feet more wing area and use a 150 hp engine to be able to cruise around 230 mph. But replacing the dacron cover of all the structure about every 10 years costing thousands of dollars was a turnoff. A Harmon Rocket cruising at 300 mph makes more sense with two seats to spend 3 years building evenings & weekends.

What do you hope to gain from this Meet-up group?

I hope to network to help others and get advice about how to achieve my goals. If the Technology Center is built I expect members can work with students to build prototype cars, boats, airplanes, new inventions, robot frame or chassis, possibly even walls to build low cost homes that assemble in a day. I coaching beach volleyball drills for a fun workout and play games at Ocean Park Beach, Santa Monica Sunday afternoons. Anyone wanting to learn to play a fun sport is welcome to join me & receive free drills & play games. I have seen people become less and less active over their life use their bodies so little their muscles atrophy, then they fall and loose the ability to walk. Then need someone to dress, bathe and take care of them in old age. I think being active and dropping dead is a more fun way to live. Granted not a guarantee things work as planed but we can try. cruisesailboat at yahoo


Hello I'm interested more in UAV's, robotic manufacturing. I wrote specifications for the design of an unmanned submersible. I like a winged submersible that glides filling a tank then displaces water in tank with air to conserve fuel?

What Charles is saying about this Meetup Group

I think this group is excellent for the plans to have projects people can participate in to learn what they don't know with plenty of people to help learn any aspect of robotics. I talked with two people that may be helping high school students build a solar powered motor glider to fly from LA-Hawaii intended to help high school kids get full tuition scholarships at some university, possibly including MIT. It's rediculious that some owe $100K to $200K to graduate from college.

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