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Interview 2

Interview 2 - Sponsor Interview

Interview 2 Agenda

The purpose this interview was to obtain the project objectives, develop the customer needs, collect backgrounds information and identify the stakeholders. The following is a paraphrased summary of the interview.

Sponsor Interview
Interviewers: Erik Bellandi, Aaron Nash
Sponsor: Dr. Jeffrey Kozak
Date: Tuesday 25 March 2008, 4:00PM, Location: ELC
Interviewers: We'd like to start off by talking a little about this year's project.
What where the goals and needs of this year's team?
Sponsor: The goal for this year's team was to develop a platform with interchangeable sensors that can produce a good amount of lift for it's size. As far as the controls aspect for this year's team we wanted to develop a test bed and just test a little of the response of a controller and make sure the controller can respond properly to movement of the plane. For example just rolling the plane quickly 90 degrees to simulate a side gust and just see if the controller can move the control surfaces appropriately.
Interviewers: Could you tell me where they are at now?
Sponsor: They have an O-Navi micro-controller which was donated by Impact but for more information you'd have to talk to Mike Reeder.
Interviewers: What are the goals for next year? Do you want to compete in both competitions or just focus on one?
Sponsor: I think the MAV competition is really more of a secondary goal. Basically you should try to make it as autonomous as possible. You want to have as many tests as possible before you actually flight test, just in case something might happen so you don't risk losing the controller. You'll want to be able to test it separately from the other projects and maybe get cheap off-the-shelf planes for flight testing.
Interviewers: What are the needs of the flight control system?
Sponsor: Like I was saying just make it as autonomous as possible. You want a control system that you can test and that will most efficiently and quickly get to an autonomous platform. The end goal is to help the platform fly semi-autonomously and be adaptable and be able to change for different missions and payloads. As far as more detailed needs you would have to talk to Dr. Kempski, Dr. Crassidis, Dr. Lam or Dr. Roemer as a secondary advisor because I don't have much experience in the controls area.
Interviewers: Do you have an idea yet for a work breakdown structure?
Sponsor: I was thing for you Erik for a controls team you'll probably want two mechanical, two electrical and one computer engineer, total.
Interviewers: Can you think of anyone else who might be important to consult with or anyone who might have a stake in the project next year?
Sponsor: Well, Impact has been really helpful with funding and they are really interested in helping us develop the autonomy and control because that's what they do as a company. So far if we needed things we'd let them know and develop an equipment list and give it to them and they ordered it through the company so it's still their property. They would just temporarily loan us the equipment but if they need it or want it back we won't be able to use it anymore. That's how we got a lot of the expensive equipment that we've needed except for the micro-controller. O-Navi gave us a really good deal on it as an educational institution so Impact couldn't purchase it through the company and donated the money so we could purchase it. You should keep in contact and work closely with them because if they have something in house already that we might be able to use they'd probably let us.
Interviewers: Do you have any questions for us?
Sponsor: No, I think we're good for now.
Interviewers: Thanks for your time.

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