P07103: METEOR Instrumentation Platform
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Project Readness Package

Table of Contents

This document describes and serves as a template for preparation of a Project Readiness Package.

The objective of the Project Readiness Package is to document:

It will serve as the primary source of information for students necessary during Phase 0 (Planning) to develop a SD I plan and schedule including specific deliverables and due dates. The Project Readiness Package will also support Faculty evaluation of project suitability in terms of depth, scope, and student / faculty resources by discipline.

Administrative Information

Proposal Number
Project Name
METEOR Instrumentation Platform
Project Number
P07103
Track
Aerospace
Start Term
2006-1
End Term
2006-3
Guide
Dr. Patru
Customer organization
RIT Electrical Engineering
Customer contact information
Dr. Patru
475-2388
dxpeee@rit.edu
Principal sponsor
Harris Corporation and Project METEOR

Project Continuation

Project Overview

Three previous senior design teams have designed and implemented three versions of the Meteor Instrumentation Platform. This team will have to redesign, implement and flight test the Meteor IP using a burst balloon and a zero-pressure balloon. The successful flight tests need to be completed in anticipation of the first sub-orbital flight, tentatively scheduled for summer 2007.

Staffing Requirements

Discipline Number of Students Skills Required
EE 5 Ability to work with analog and RF circuitry and systems, design of digital hardware, program in Assembly and C.
ME 1 Ability to design structures and perform thermal analysis on mechanical and electrical components and systems.
CE 0 N/A
ISE 0 N/A
Other 0 N/A

Continuation, Platform, or Building Block Project Information

Principle Sponsor or Sponsoring Organization

Harris Corporation and Project METEOR

Detailed Project Description

Customer Needs

Three previous senior design teams have designed and implemented three versions of the Meteor Instrumentation Platform. This team will have to redesign, implement and flight test the Meteor Instrumentation Platform as follows:

The change of the microcontroller will need a redesign of the Printed Circuit Board and the customization of the C code that was written for the previous controller (PIC). The change of the 2-meter Transceiver and the TNC will be straight forward, i.e. will use two different Custom of the Shelf (COTS) equipment. However, programming and setup is required. The Output RF Power Amplifier will need to be researched, designed, implemented and tested. The transient thermal model is a continuation of the steady state model created by one of the members of a previous team. Customer deliverables (Customer requested milestones, progress reports, and expected product): The team is expected to perform the following successful test flights:

A successful launch is defined as:

These outcomes are necessary for the first suborbital flight test, tentatively scheduled for summer 2007.

Customer Deliverables

The following requirements complement or repeat the deliverables in the Course Deliverables Document. At the end of the project, the team is expected to deliver to the customer the following documents and materials:

Customer and Sponsor Involvement

The team will be expected to carry out the vast majority of their interactions with the Team Guide, Dr. Patru. Dr. Patru also will act as the customer and will be available for a regularly scheduled meetings during the course of the project.

Regulatory Requirements

RIT Risk Management Office (Dr. Patru will take care of all necessary waivers and approvals.)

Project Budget and Special Procurement Processes

The Project has a budget of $ 10K, BUT ALL expenditures have to be reviewed and approved by Dr. Patru. The team is expected to generate an estimated budget by the end of the third week of school.

Intellectual Property Considerations

Everything associated with this project is public domain.

Engineering Specifications

Safety Constraints

Detailed Course Deliverables

Note that this level describes an absolute level of expectation for the design itself, and for the hardware. However, the student team must also meet all requirements related to analysis, documentation, presentations, web sites, and posters, etc. that are implicit to all projects.

Overall Deliverables

The following tasks should be completed by the end of the project:

At the end of the project, the team is expected to deliver to the customer the following documents and materials:

Overall Deliverables

Deliverables Breakdown

Preliminary Work Breakdown

The following roles are not necessarily to be followed by the team. It is mearly to justify the number of students from each discipline. The student team is expected to develop their own work breakdown structure, consistent with the general work outline presented in the workshop series at the beginning of SD1. However, the customer requests a level of detail NO GREATER than weekly tasks to be completed by each student team member for the benefit of the other team members. The customer DOES NOT request any level of detail finer than one-week intervals, but will assist the team members if they wish to develop a finer level of detail to support their own efforts.

EE:
  1. Assemble current Instrumentation Platform and flight test.
  2. Redesign Printed Circuit Board
  3. Customize Microcontroller Software
  4. Design An Output RF Power Amplifier for the Video Transmitter
  5. Change the 2-meter Transceiver and TNC.
ME:
  1. Develop a transient thermal model for the Instrumentation Platform

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Grading of students in this project will be fully consistent with grading policies established for the SD1 and SD2 courses.

This project does not require concept studies. This activity is replaced with the flight test of the current Implementation Platform.

At the end of Senior Design I, the following would be considered when assigning points to the activities in the syllabus rubric:

At the end of Senior Design II, the following would be considered when assigning points to the activities in the syllabus rubric: Project Outcomes, as described above are fully met.

These grading criteria will be changed ONLY if causes out of the team control will impact the design, implementation and test flights.

Three-Week SDI Schedule

Course deliverables Documents (Phase 0)

Required Resources

Faculty
Item Source Description Available
Dr. Patru EE Guide Yes
Dr. Hensel ME Technical Consultant Yes
Environment
Item Source Description Available
METEOR Lab EE 17-xxx Work Space/Storage Yes
Sr Design Lab EE 09-3xxx Work Space Yes
ME Shop ME 09-2360 Parts Fabrication Yes
Equipment
Item Source Description Available
Test equipment METEOR Lab Used for Electrical Testing Yes
Desktop PC METEOR Lab Used for Programming Yes

The team members will be expected to procure the materials needed for the project, excluding the following:

Materials
Item Source Description Available
Misc. electronic components, small mechanical hardware. He tanks and balloons EE & ME depts Yes
Thermal Analysis Software To be ordered