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:
- Customer needs and expectations
- Project deliverables (including time frame)
- Personnel / organizations affiliated with the project
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.
- Proposal Number
- Project Name
- METEOR Instrumentation Platform
- Project Number
- Start Term
- End Term
- Dr. Patru
- Customer organization
- RIT Electrical Engineering
- Customer contact information
- Dr. Patru
- Principal sponsor
- Harris Corporation and Project METEOR
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.
|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.|
Continuation, Platform, or Building Block Project Information
Principle Sponsor or Sponsoring Organization
Harris Corporation and Project METEOR
Detailed Project Description
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:
- Change the on-board micro-computer to the MSP430 TI Microcontroller;
- Change the 2-meter Transceiver and the TNC;
- Add an Output RF Power Amplifier to the Video Transmitter;
- Create a transient thermal model of the instrumentation platform as it ascends and descends.
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:
- One with the current platform (PIC controller) using a burst balloon.
- A second one with the redesigned IP (MSP430 Controller) using a burst balloon.
- A third with the redesigned IP (MSP430 Controller) using a zero pressure balloon.
- All launches will occur from Geneseo Airport.
A successful launch is defined as:
- A launch which has reached an altitude of at least 80,000 feet
- The platform has been in continuous contact with Ground Control and the following minimum telemetry information has been acquired:
- Location using the on-board GPS.
- At least one internal and one external temperature sensor.
- At least one video camera pointing down.
These outcomes are necessary for the first suborbital flight test, tentatively scheduled for summer 2007.
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:
- Complete, i.e. updated, schematic(s), printed circuit board layout(s) and hardware description language code with the necessary and sufficient text description and comments so that subsequently a person new to the project can understand and use the Instrumentation Platform.
- Instrumentation Platform control software and ground control software, well commented and documented.
- Two working, i.e. ground tested Instrumentation Platforms ready for flight. These can be the same ones used for the flight test, appropriately re-furbished.
- An Instrumentation Platform manufacturing, assembly and ground testing manual.
- A thermal analysis model with a fill-in Graphic User Interface (GUI).
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.
- The design shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The team's design project report should include references to, and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- The design shall comply with all applicable RIT Policies and Procedures. The team's design project report should include references to, and compliance with all applicable RIT Policies and Procedures.
- Wherever practical, the design should follow industry standard codes and standards. The team's design project report should include references to, and compliance with industry codes or standards.
- Specific Regulatory considerations (i.e. UL, IEEE, FDA, FCC, RIT)
- FCC Part 15, FAA Regulations on Balloon tethered payloads,
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.
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.
- 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:
- Complete, i.e. updated, schematic(s), printed circuit board layout(s) and hardware description language code with the necessary and sufficient text description and comments so that subsequently a person new to the project can understand and use the IP.
- IP control software and ground control software, well commented and documented.
- Two working, i.e. ground tested IPs ready for flight. These can be the same ones used for the flight test, appropriately re-furbished.
- An IP manufacturing, assembly and ground testing manual.
- A thermal analysis model with a fill-in Graphic User Interface (GUI).
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.
- Assemble current Instrumentation Platform and flight test.
- Redesign Printed Circuit Board
- Customize Microcontroller Software
- Design An Output RF Power Amplifier for the Video Transmitter
- Change the 2-meter Transceiver and TNC.
- Develop a transient thermal model for the Instrumentation Platform
Grading and Assessment SchemeGrading 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:
- The Instrumentation Platform is completely designed.
- The Instrumentation Platform is partially designed, i.e. some parts are complete and others not.
- The Instrumentation Platform is incompletely designed, i.e. no part is complete.
- The Instrumentation Platform is incompletely designed and only in a preliminary phase.
- No design at all.
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.
- Successful burst balloon launch, but no zero pressure balloon launch.
- Instrumentation Platform completely tested on the ground.
- Instrumentation Platform partially tested on the ground.
- Nothing works.
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)
|Dr. Hensel||ME||Technical Consultant||Yes|
|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|
|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:
|Misc. electronic components, small mechanical hardware. He tanks and balloons||EE & ME depts||Yes|
|Thermal Analysis Software||To be ordered|