P11310: Parabolic Dish Autopoint Solution


Project Summary Project Information

Current L-3 Global Communications Manpack Systems involve a manual pointing elucidation. The desired system is to have a geared mechanism that rotates the dish to point automatically. In essence what we will deliver is a prototype that will support a 24 inch parabolic antenna such as the L-3 GCS Panther product that will point based on control by a laptop and minimal human intervention. The students will be experimenting with actuators, shaft encoders, tilt sensors, and potentiometers.


Project Name
Parabolic Dish Autopoint Solution
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Project Family

Team Leader: Trae Rogers (ME)

Project Engineer: Pat Ryan (EE)

Kyle Norlin (ME)

Chris Reed (CE)

Fredric Schmeelk (EE)

Autonomous Systems and Controls Track
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End Term
Faculty Guide
Mr. Hanzlik (Mechanical Engineering)
Primary Customer

Team Documents

Planning Concept Level Design System Level Design

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements


Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Schedule Weeks 1-11 (SD I)

Schedule Weeks 12-22 (SD II)

Risk Management Matrix

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

Design Review Analysis Documents

Design Review Managerial Documents

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Test Plan

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review II Action Items (SD II)

Final Design Presentation (Also Review Final Specifications)

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