P11310: Parabolic Dish Autopoint Solution

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Product Description/Project Objective Statement

The mission of the Parabolic Dish Autopoint Solution (PDAS) family of projects is to design, develop and manufacture a testing product that will show through control of laptop and accessories an individual will be able to point a prototype of the G4 Panther automatically within a certain degree of accuracy. For this project the students will only need to control elevation and azimuth. This is a closed-architecture, closed-source Autopoint solution for L-3 testing purposes in the near future.

The PDAS family of projects should use an engineering design process to develop modules and subsystems that can be integrated by subsequent L-3 Engineering teams. The mission of each student contributing to this project family is to develop or enhance a particular subsystem for the Autopoint Solution, and provide complete documentation of the analysis, design, manufacturing, fabrication, test, and evaluation of each subsystem to a level of detail that a subsequent team can build upon their work with no more than one week of background research.

Administrative Information

Designing Term: Fall 2010
Build Term: Winter 2010 (Fully Functional and Accurate Prototype by Week 11)
Project Sponsor: L-3 Global Communications
Project Budget: $5,000 maximum

Key Business Goals/Project Deliverables

The L-3 Team of engineers provided in our Stakeholders link have been working with current and previous Panther projects for over a year. Their engineering experience will help us property scope the projects, and take advantage of other projects such as past and current Panther Products as well as Cheetah projects which currently have Autopointing solutions, that may be able to provide technical solutions for your subsystems.

It's time for the PDAS family to demonstrate that we can produce a real product through the MSD program at RIT. Our mission is to produce only one functional and accurate prototype. The mission of the PDAS family is to produce a robust, safe, Autopoint solution that will pass Mil-spec standards and then pass the research and success of the MSD Course onto the L-3 team of engineers.

L-3 Global Communications will sponsor this entire project. The students will need to provide a compelling justification to increase the budget allocated to the project as we achieve higher and higher levels of the goals. I would like the PDAS family to stretch for the following goals, in this order:

  1. Prototype of G4 Panther that has movement (Elevation and Azimuth) through control of separate interface.
  2. High degree of accuracy (around 1.5 degrees)
  3. Limited weight (50lbs) and backlash to hold degree of accuracy through environmental conditions.
  4. Find strongest satellite signal through some sort interface communication.
  5. Accomplish the above in a robust design in order to minimize adverse environmental effects.

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