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Idaho NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development

Development of a Fire Monitoring and Assessment Platform (Fire-MAP): Utilization of Multi-Spectral Cameras on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Mapping Wildland Fire Extent and Severity.

The Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) FireMAP team initiated collaboration with Vallivue High School’s Engineering class taught by Tegan Byerly. This collaboration started with an attempt to promote STEM education in a local high school, but resulted in a significant collaboration where Vallivue and NNU built a “Giant Ruler” on the soccer field, which a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ was used to take imagery of at various altitudes. Vallivue analyzed the imagery to calculate the spatial resolution of imagery taken at each of those altitudes. The Computer Programing 1 (COMP2220) class at NNU is starting on their semester project which is a program that will take the latitude and longitude off a geotagged image taken by a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ and calculate the yaw and altitude for the image based on the readings in a GPS log file of the flight on which the image was taken. This program will use the altitude and yaw to create a control point file at will be used by ArcGIS to georeference the image, translating the image coordinate system into the WGS84 coordinate system. One of the student researchers on FireMAP team has written a program which will georeference and mosaic images from a DJI Phantom using ArcGIS. The python script will use the program being written by the students in COMP2220 to create the necessary control point file for an image which ArcGIS will use to georeference the images.

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

NNU’s Dale Hamilton leveraged the fire-related research he is currently conducting with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to engage and inspire local Idaho students to pursue STEM careers. In these images, students from Vallivue High Schools work together with NNU researchers to create a giant ruler to be imaged from a UAV.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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