P08101: Meteor Instrumentation Platform

Project Readiness Package

Table of Contents

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
Start Term
End Term
Dr. Patru
Customer organization
RIT Electrical Engineering
Customer contact information
Dr. Patru
Principal sponsor
Harris Corporation and Project METEOR

Project Continuation

This is a continuation of Project P07103.

Project Overview

Four previous senior design teams have designed and implemented four versions of the Meteor Instrumentation Platform. This team will have to refine the latest hardware design, completely develop the necessary software, extensively test on the ground and flight test the Meteor Instrumentation Platform 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 2008.

Staffing Requirements

Discipline Number of Students Skills Required
EE 3-5 Ability to work with analog and RF circuitry and systems, design of digital, analog and mixed-signal hardware, program in Assembly and C.
ME 0 N/A
CE 2-0 Understand hardware and program in C and Assembly.
Other 0 N/A
NOTE 2 EE or 2 CE or 1EE&1CE have to develop software. All students on the team are expected to participate in several, weekend long field activities. Attendance is mandatory, except for reasons as described by RIT Policies!

Continuation, Platform, or Building Block Project Information

This is a continuation of Project P07103.

Principle Sponsor or Sponsoring Organization

Harris Corporation and Project METEOR

Detailed Project Description

Customer Needs

Four previous senior design teams have designed and implemented four versions of the Meteor Instrumentation Platform. This team will have to:

Customer deliverables (Customer requested milestones, progress reports, and expected product): The team is expected to perform the following successful tests:

A successful launch and flight test is defined as:

These outcomes are necessary for the first suborbital flight test, tentatively scheduled for summer 2008.

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 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 $ 5K, 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 and will become public domain. Therefore, students will be required to sign a Waiver of Intellectual Property associated with the IP generated during their work on this project. The students are encouraged to carefully read and if they deem necessary to contact a legal counselor before signing.

Engineering Specifications

Refer to Project P07103 documents.

Safety Constraints

Refer to Project P07103 documents.

Detailed Course Deliverables

See Customer Deliverables.

The student team must also meet all requirements related to analysis, documentation, presentations, web sites, and posters, etc. that are common to all projects.

Overall Deliverables

See Customer Deliverables.

Deliverables Breakdown

See Customer Deliverables.

Preliminary Work Breakdown

The following roles are not necessarily to be followed by the team. It is merely 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.

  1. Sensors and subsystems interfaces.
  2. 2m radio link and Meteor Mission Control Setup.
  3. Video Transmitter.
  1. Microcontrollers Software.
  2. Microcontrollers Software.

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 mission operations during the Brick City Festival.

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:

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

Item Source Description Available
Dr. Patru EE Guide Yes
Item Source Description Available
METEOR Team Room EE 09-4xx Work Space/Storage Yes
METEOR Mission Control EE 17-400 Ground Testing and Mission Control Yes
CEMA Lab CIMS Bldg. PCB surface mount Yes
ME Shop ME 09-2360 Small ME Parts Fabrication Yes
Item Source Description Available
Test equipment METEOR Used for Electrical Testing Yes
Desktop PC METEOR Used for Programming Yes
Item Source Description Available
IAR METEOR Used for MSP430 Software Development Yes

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

Item Source Description Available
Misc. electronic components, small mechanical hardware, Helium tanks and balloons EE & ME depts Yes