DRONES. What The Hell Are They. A Primer.

Source: DRONES. What The Hell Are They. A Primer.

I would love to get my own drone with my motivation being sheer curiosity & because I will likely never pilot a manned / crewed aircraft, small OR large. I can thank a National Geographic segment about British expat Reginald Denny  for fanning the flames as well as a YouTube short 2 – minute movie showing an aerial view of the Swiss countryside & a small feature about single – use cardboard ( YES, cardboard….. ) supply drones.

A camera with HD  capabilities thereon would make things really interesting…..

Pompeii – Restoring it & Recording it.

79 A.D. would have been a very BAD time to be in Pompeii, Herculaneum or ANYWHERE in the vicinity of Mt. Vesuvius.

Roughly 2 millennia later, the city of Pompeii is still in peril – from the footsteps of tourists, & even the CO2 they exhale, not to mention auto emissions from nearby towns & other elements of 21st century life.

But, as it happens, Kickstarter is beginning a campaign to fund an inter – disciplinary team for the restoration & conservation of the historical town. & 1 team is going to use digital imagery taken by remote – controlled drone & from the ground to virtually restore Pompeii.

With the unintended damage wrought by tourist traffic & other factors, maybe a ” virtual ” tour will be the best way to see the strange, eerie wonders of Pompeii, Herculaneum ( Ercalano ) or for that matter, the Valley of the Kings, Petra, the Giza Plateau & other sites from the ancient world.

The ancient world still has some things to teach us, even if we have to learn virtually.

I hope BOTH links work.

Villa of the Mysteries – Video & virtual mapping :