P09122: MAV_2


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Project Overview

The goals of MAV flight have changed significantly in the last few years. The initial focus was small endurance vehicles, smaller then 15cm(6in), capable of simple video target acquisition. It has recently transitioned to larger aerial vehicles, smaller then 80cm(31in), capable of autonomous flight for extended distances, GPS and video target acquisition and sensory retrieval data. For 2008-2009 the MAV development has been broken up into two separate senior design projects: one for the Airframe, Structures and Propulsion, and the second for the Control System. Together the two teams will develop a single vehicle capable of being used for future MAV development, with the end goal of entering the US/European MAV Flight Competition with a fully autonomous MAV. The focus of this project is to design and build a flight control system for the Micro Aerial Vehicle, that will lead to a fully autonomous system.


Administrative Information

Project Name
Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Control System
Project Number
Project Family
Micro Aerial Vehicle
Aerospace Systems & Technology
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Jeffrey Kozak (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Agamemnon Crassidis (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Primary Customer
Dr. Jeffrey Kozak
Secondary Customer
EMAV Competition
Customer contact information
Email: jdkeme@rit.edu
Phone: 475-2148
Related Information
Name Website
2009 MAV Platform https://edge.rit.edu/content/P09121/public/Home
2009 MAV Structure https://edge.rit.edu/content/P09123/public/Home
2008 MAV Competition http://www.dgon.de/content/pdf/emav_2008_Rules_v07.pdf
2008 MAV Platform https://edge.rit.edu/content/P08121/public/Home
2007 MAV Platform https://edge.rit.edu/content/P07121/public/Home
2007 Autonomous Quadcopter https://edge.rit.edu/content/P07122/public/Home
2006 MAV Platform http://designserver.rit.edu/Archives/P06007/index.html
2006 MAV Propulsion http://designserver.rit.edu/Archives/P06002/index.html
2005 MAV Platform http://designserver.rit.edu/Archives/P05001/index.html
2004 MAV Platform http://designserver.rit.edu/Archives/P04001/index.html

Team Members

Team Members
Name Field Role
Erik Bellandi Mechanical Engineering Project Manager
Ben Wager Mechanical Engineering Lead Engineer
Garrett Argenna Mechanical Engineering Flight Controls and Test Stand Design
Tahar Allag Electrical Engineering Electronics and Test Stand Design
Michael Pepen Electrical Engineering Electronics and Test Stand Design
Stephen Nichols Computer Engineering Controller Integration and Programming
Ramon Campusano Computer Engineering Controller Integration and Programming

Team Documents


Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Risk Assessment

Project Schedule

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

System Architecture

Detail Design

Detail Design

Testing and Refinement


Published Documents

1-Page Project Summary

Promotional Video

Project Readiness Package Presentation (DPM)

Concept Design Review Presentation

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Final Design Review Presentation (SD II)

Photo Gallery

MSD1 Week 1 Presentation

MSD1 Week 2 Presentation

MSD1 Week 4 Presentation

Impact Presentation

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