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Project Family Mission
Product Description /Project Overview
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle family of projects is intended to create an open source, open architecture platform to hold imaging systems for research projects and law enforcement.
Key Business Goals/Project Deliverables
The primary business goals of this product are to:
- Create a product that is more cost effective than existing solutions.
- Create a stable, easily controlled aerial platform.
- Create an open source UAV platform that can carry and control an imaging system.
Primary Market / Project Opportunities
The primary market for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is the RIT College of Imaging Science. It is intended as a tool to facilitate imaging research, and to enhance their image capturing abilities.
Secondary Market / Project OpportunitiesThe secondary market for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is Public Safety Officials. Primarily for Law Enforcement to increase their response capabilities, and decrease their reliance on manned aircraft, thus decreasing their aerial costs. This can also be used by fire departments to track wildfires or realtors who sell large tracts of land.
Stakeholders in the design of our product include the following:
- R09560 - Open Architecture, Open Source Aerial Imaging Systems
- Kate Gleason College of Engineering
- College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Fire Departments
- Realtors / Appraisers
- The Communities in which our law enforcement customers reside
Collecting Project Background Raw Data
Interactions with Sponsors
Rochester Police Department
- Interviewers: Jim Hunt
- Sponsor: Anand Badgujar, RPD
JH: Would the PD want a slow/loittering UAV or a fast and nimble one?
- -One that could loitter over the city and be able to use wide angle cameras
- -Some sort of locator would be need, like a GPS.
- -Needs a good top speed to be able to respond before patrolmen on a scene
- -Needs to be a very stable platform for high zoom
JH: So, do you prefer autonomous control or radio control?
- -Autonomous control for patrols and telling it were to go for a response
- -But also RC to be able to adapt to a changing situation
JH: In dealing with transportation, would you want a single piece UAV or one that would be pieced together?
- -One that could be pieced together
- -Also be a small package so a SWAT team could possible bring it and launch it at a scene and also for being put in storage.
JH: What kind of recovery system did you have in mind, landing gear, parachute, net?
- -Net on the PD's roof to catch it
- -Having it go to Rochester airport to land
- -RC control to land in a nearby parking lot or field
- Interviewers: Matt Greco
- Sponsor: John Desch Associates
- Date: 9/18/2008
MG: Considering the type of spatial constraints that often exist at a crash scene, would an aircraft that took off from a runway or one that is launched by hand be more effective?
JDA: A thrown aircraft is the best of the two options. However, a vertical takeoff and landing system would be optimal, such as is present in a helicopter. In a similar vain, even if the craft could land vertically via a parachute, it would be very advantageous.
MG: What would you estimate the maximum flight time of the craft being?
JDA: Fifteen minutes would probably be the longest time needed to gather the photography.
It is also important to understand the minimum flying speed of the aircraft and how that relates to the maximum frames per second the camera is able of shooting. If the shot needed is missed, the whole 'mission' is for naught.
MG: Do you know of such a technology in use today?
JDA: There is the video of the aircraft being used for Google Earth mapping in Europe.
The NJDOT also uses their own craft to take aerial photos and do aerial surveyals of roadways. Their photos essentially digitize the ground, and this data is then used to make a rendering of the roadway.
MG: Would you like to see an aircraft that is always assembled or one that is modular and needs to be put together at the scene?
JDA: If the wingspan is 15', the wings would probably hang over the edges of a pick-up and be wider than a travel lane on the road. A modular or even folding wing design would solve this problem.
Real Estate Agents
- Interviewers: Matt Greco, Steve Sweet
- Sponsor: Len DiPaolo
- Date: 9/17/2008
MG: Would you rather see something that collapsed and had to be somewhat assembled or something that was always ready to fly?
LD: Assembly would be beyond the scope of most residential realtors. 85% of resi-realtors are women in heels. They are not going to want or be able to put a plane together. On the flip side, the majority of commercial realtors are men, who might have more of a will to do so.
MG: Would control via a remote control or a preprogrammed route be more accepted?
LD: Computerized preprogrammed control would be most viable.
As a side note, another target group would be appraisers who do a large number of high value appraisals on big pieces of land. Currently, appraisers have detailed maps of the land, only some of which are aerial photos.
With the real estate side, the commercial sector is a more viable customer base than is the residential sector.