Mike Kronmiller: "Today I gave my STEM project presentation to the group of students I will be working with in Nepal. I just want to thank the Kanjirowa school for giving such an amazing opportunity." Click on images to enlarge. You can learn more about the project at its official website at nepalrobotics.org
Rory Kronmiller arrived at Everest Base Camp, Nepal this morning along with his specially designed UAS quadricopter. Rory is in Nepal with his brother, Michael who is in Kathmandu. Mike and Rory are in Nepal to test out the use of drones for Search And Rescue and bridge inspection tasks. This is being done as part of a STEM education project between the Bullis School in Maryland and Kanjirowa National School in Kathmandu, Nepal. You may find their last names familiar: Mike and Rory are the sons of Kate (Orbital ATK) and Ted Kronmiller (aerospace lawyer).
Rory and drone #2 ("Windhorse") are back in Kathmandu. Michael made his presentation to some thirty students and faculty at the Kanjirowa School, and left his drone ("Garuda") and spare parts for further testing after his departure.
We'll be featuring more information here at Space College shortly - we have been supporting this project since its inception. You can learn more about the project at its official website at nepalrobotics.org
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