Tag: Urban

12
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Dynegy Donates $50,000 to Fund STEAM Programming at the Chicago Urban League

CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dynegy today announced a $50,000 donation to the Chicago Urban League, aimed at ensuring access to quality education. The donation will directly fund the Chicago Urban League’s Youth Services Center (formerly the Center for Student Development), which offers services and programs to help students thrive academically and, ultimately, professionally.

“In this moment, we must acknowledge that fundamental building blocks – like a good education – are out of reach for too many people. As a corporation, Vistra is determined to be part of the solution,” said Curt Morgan, president and CEO of Vistra. “Vistra and our team at Dynegy are fully committed to strengthening the communities we serve. For us, that means driving inclusion, promoting equity, and investing in the organizations that serve as a springboard for the next generation of diverse, American leaders.” 

Dynegy’s donation will advance the Chicago Urban League’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs, which prepare middle school through college students to compete in a growing global economy.

“Our programming engages youth in hands-on applications of science, technology, engineering and math and helps many of them see themselves on a path to a STEAM career though exposure, equity, and access,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “Dynegy’s generous donation directly contributed to our ability to serve more youth through our virtual STEAM camp this summer and will continue to support our programming over the current academic year.”

Dynegy’s donation is part of a $10 million commitment from Dynegy’s parent company, Vistra, to support organizations that grow minority-owned small businesses, enhance economic development, and provide educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Serving nearly 5 million residential, commercial, and industrial retail customers with electricity and natural gas, Vistra is the largest

02
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

New Urban Combat Drone Is a Shotgun Toting Hexacopter

  • The United Kingdom has developed a new drone devoted strictly to battlefield combat.
  • The drone uses sensors and machine vision technology to detect targets.
  • Once located, the drone can blast away at the target with twin shotguns.

    The U.K. has developed a new fighting drone designed to help soldiers breach urban defenses. The i9 uncrewed aerial vehicle can navigate indoors, locate and identify targets, and then open fire with not one but two shotgun barrels. Like all weaponized drones, a human operator must make the decision to shoot or not shoot.

    The drone, revealed by the Times of London, was developed for the British armed forces. The drone is meant to act as a breaching weapon, flying into a small room or house occupied by enemy troops and neutralizing them from within.

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    Breaching operations are among the most dangerous in ground warfare. Ground troops must typically blow open a door and rush inside, shooting the enemy at point blank range. Casualties in such operations are typically very high, particularly for the first ones through the door.

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    i9 allows a drone to do the most dangerous part of the job. With the new drone, British troops might break down the entry door with a demolition charge and then send the i9 in. Flying high and fast, the drone would outpace the defenders beneath it, identify them, and line up on an enemy target. The i9 operator could verify the targets are hostile and then authorize the drone to open fire.

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