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Product Description / Project OverviewP10236 will execute the design and implementation of the base architecture platform for the UAV control system. This will include both physical and electronic interfaces for vehicle sensors and control actuators, as well as a processor core to execute flight control code that will be developed in future UAV projects.
Throughout the planning of P10236, it was apparent that many vehicle systems being developed at RIT would soon be in need of a nearly identical control architecture platform. Therefore, a major underlying objective of P10236 will be to release a final product that is ultimately easy to configure for a variety of sensor and actuator combinations, provides a straightforward method for uploading the control code for the desired vehicle system, and communicates with external command and data-link modules in concurrent development. Elements of modular and expandable design practices will be necessary and desired.
Key Business Goals/Project Deliverables
The primary business goals of this product are:
- A central flight control processor core capable of storing and executing flight control code generated from MATLAB Simulink models
- To interface and gather data from multiple sensors of diverse types, and make that data available to the flight control processor in a universal format.
- To provide the output interfaces to drive or communicate with multiple types of vehicle control actuators (servos, speed controllers, etc).
- A product package that allows ease of implementation for future projects / teams through use of modularity or other flexible design practices.
- A product that is as space and power efficient as possible.
- In the least, provides the above functions to the extent necessary to suit the needs of the RIT Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platform
Primary Market / Project Opportunities
- The RIT UAV Platform project family
- Harris Corporation WOCCS
Secondary Market /Project Opportunities
- Applications in other RIT vehicle platforms
- Military and commercial applications
- Public and emergency services
Assumptions / Constraints
- 22-week project timeline
- Integrate-able on a mobile platform (RIT UAV)
- Open-architecture interfaces
- Safety is a primary consideration throughout design
- Operates properly for duration of mission
- Continues work of P09122 wherever possible benefits exist
- Designed for maximum flexibility
- R.I.T. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team
- Harris Corporation, RF Communications Division
- R.I.T. Mini-Baha Competition Team
- R.I.T. Micro-robotics Platform
- R.I.T. KGCOE Electrical Engineering Department