P09123: MAV 1 & 3


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Project Overview

The goals of MAV flight have changed significantly in the last few years from small endurance vehicles capable of simple video target acquisition to larger aerial vehicles capable of flight for extended distances, GPS and video target acquisition and sensory retrieval data. Major customers for this product consist mainly of government agencies such as DARPA and the CIA. The 2007-2008 Senior Design developed a basic design of the new platform. For 2008-2009 the MAV development has been broken up into two separate senior design projects: one for the Airframe, Structures and Propulsion, and one for the Control System. Together the two teams will develop a single vehicle capable of being used for all future MAV development, with the end goal of entering the US/European MAV Flight Competition with a fully autonomous MAV.


Administrative Information

Project Name
Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Platform
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 Agmemnon Crassidis (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Dr Amitabha Ghosh (Department of Mechanical Engineering) - Not Confirmed
Primary Customer
Secondary Customer
MAV08 Competition
Customer Contact Information
email: jdkeme@rit.edu
phone: 475-2148
2009 MAV Airframe https://edge.rit.edu/content/P09121/public/Home
2009 MAV Controls https://edge.rit.edu/content/P09122/public/Home
MAV Competition Rules 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
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

Name Field Role
Joe Hozdic Mechanical Engr. Project Manager
Aaron Nash Mechanical Engr. Cheif Engineer
Corey Kulcu-Roca Mechanical Engr. Materials Engineer
Sylvan Hemingway Mechanical Engr. Aerodynamics Engineer
Joe Chow Industrial Engr. Manufacturing Engineer
Brian David Mechanical Engr. Propulsion Expert

Team Documents

Project Summary

Project Status Update (MS PowerPoint file, save and open as .ppt)

Final Project Plan (MS PowerPoint file, save and open as .ppt)

Project Schedule (MS Project File, save and open as .mpp)

Recruitment Commercial (MS PowerPoint file, save and open as .ppt)

Preliminary Project Overview for MSDI (MS PowerPoint file, save and open as .ppt)


Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Preliminary Schedule

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Issues and Risks

Required Resources

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

Product Architecture

Detail Design

Aerodynamic Surfaces and Control Surfaces

Tail Design

Equipment Cage Design and Manufacture

Fuselage Design and Manufacture

Wing Structure Design and Manufacture

Tail Assembly Design

Propulsion System and Nose Cone Design

Manual Flight System Design

Process Development

Design for Reliability

Design for Safety

Testing and Refinement


Published Documents

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System Level Design Review (SD I)

Critical Design Review (SD I)

Managerial Design Review (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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