P08106: Flying Rocket Body & Rocket Stage Integration
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Customer Constraints

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Progress Overview

With the customer for project METEOR being a RIT faculty member, our milestones will directly correspond with senior design's base schedule. For SD I, design review one will be completed at the end of week 6, design review two shall be finished at the end of week 9, and the design should be completely finalized by the end of SD I. In SD II the function and performance review will be completed by the end of week 8 and the project review will be completed by the end of week 10.

The minimum acceptable progress of SD I will to have a finalized design. By the end of week 5 in SD II, assuming there is enough funding; the rocket body must be machined. Assuming adequate funding, testing of the rocket should be completed by the end of week 7 in order to have enough time to process all recorded data and have the possibility of a second round of testing.

More specific goals and objectives will be included in the Detailed Course Deliverables section when more information is available.

Customer and Sponsor Involvement

The role of Dr. Patru as our primary customer AND faculty guide is quite diverse. He not only constrains our design progress because he controls the budget, he also has a voice in the most effective or robust design ideas, as he has overseen multiple METEOR projects in years past. He is also ultimately responsible for the rocket testing and purchasing of raw materials at this level of involvement is tremendous. Dr. Patru will be very active in all aspects of planned participation, design/project reviews, testing, and any other issues that arise.

As of May 1st, the project managers of the METEOR projects for next year have already met with Dr. Patru to discuss senior design topics four times. Many of the managers have attended rocket testing, overseen by Dr. Patru, multiple times. His continued involvement in SD I and SD II will be consistent with any and all means necessary to complete the METEOR tract successfully.

In addition to Dr. Patru, Dr Koazk has also taken a leadership role for the METEOR family. While Dr. Patru offers electrical engineering consultation and advice, Dr. Kozak provides mechanical and aerodynamic support. Dr. Kozak also oversees rocket testing in addition to meeting with the current senior design groups and project managers as his schedule allows.

Regulatory Requirements

Strict regulatory requirements have not been established yet, as steel rocket testing does not require the rocket to be fired into FAA regulated airspace. Currently, the METEOR testing follows all RIT policies and procedures when ground testing the steel rockets.

When flying rocket testing is to be completed, the FAA will need to be notified and a flight plan of the rocket will need to be filed. All FAA regulations will be observed and upheld. Further regulatory requirements enforced by any corresponding groups will be met if they are necessary for further rocket experiments. All regulations will be well documented in the interest of safety.

Project Budget and Special Procurement Processes

The Harris Corporation has allotted a budget of $25,000 for the use of the entire family of project METEOR during the 2007 academic year. This money will be distributed under the supervision of Dr. Patru. He has unofficially allocated a budget of $5,000 to the Stage Two team for next year. The budget will be monitored closely by the project manager (Nathan Confer).





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