P14462: Tethered Glider
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Planning & Execution

Table of Contents

The Project Management directory hosts each team member's Three Week Plan outlines during MSD1.

Intellectual Property Considerations

Team Norms & Values

Team Norms & Values Page

Project Plans & Schedules

Excel documents each team member's schedules can be found here: Schedules

Click to find the compiled schedules compiled schedules and an availability chart.

The project timeline outlines how long each task is projected to take and when it will be completed.

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment Spreadsheet

Meeting Minutes, Notes, & Actions

MSD I

Date Attendees Agenda Tasks Completed Additional Notes

8/28/2013

All

  • Discuss EDGE
  • Project Description
  • Understand Code of Ethics
  • EDGE plan established
  • Consolidated questions for Dr. Gomes
  • Interview with Dr. Gomes set for 8/29

8/29/2013

All

  • Conduct interview
  • Interview debrief
  • Customer needs established

9/5/2013

All

  • Individual progress updates
  • Consolidated basic design thoughts / benchmarking

9/12/2013

All

  • Week 3 presentation
  • Week 3 presentation tasks delegated
  • Risk management, project timeline visual needed
  • Must establish a non-destructive test procedure
  • Must characterize the boundaries of the system and important identify parameters

9/17/2013

All

  • Fly Art's plane
  • Functional decomposition
  • Individual progress updates
  • Unsuccessful flying
  • Started functional decomp
  • Much practice is needed before flying

9/21/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Aerodynamics review
  • Reviewed Aero textbooks for critical concepts

9/22/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Pick the brains of Aero Club members
  • Met with Aero Club
  • Continued review of aerodynamic concepts
  • Explore XFLRS v6.09B (a GUI for XFOIL) for potential application

9/26/2013

All

  • Fly Art's glider
  • Brainstorm system concepts
  • Glider crashed; broken beyond repair
  • Identified main concepts to explore
  • Glider being saved for possible parts later on
  • Build or buy glider?
  • IMU, GPS, potentiometers, & load cells are potential for base station application
  • Preliminary DOE factors such as glider width, length, and height considered
  • Must establish proof of concept for base station

10/3/2013

All

  • System level review debrief
  • Delegated tasks
  • Met with Ashwin to understand his 2D MATLAB simulation
  • Discussusd possible stumbling block for project, basically major challenges, our team may face
  • End state of project
  • Don't be afraid to deviate from Chris Donnelly's thesis (don't get tunnel vision...)
  • Brainstorm basic ideas on controlling the plane

10/5/2013

Kyle, Paul, Bill, Saj, Matt

  • Expectation and boundaries
  • Contingency plan
  • Questions to answer - end of phase questions
  • Identify critical subsystems
  • Consider risk list and functional decomposition
  • Delegated tasks and followed up on everyone's progress

10/10/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Meet to review modifying 2D model to 3D
  • 3D model created
  • Discussed Ashwin's code and determined 3 or 4 critical things that will help determine whether team should buy/build a glider
  • DOE ideas such as organizing the environment; observation = response + error

10/13/2013

Jon, Matt, Paul, Bill, Saj

  • Follow up with tasks of everyone to see progress
  • Matt & Paul - working with Ashwin's code
  • Jon - Look up load cells based on code
  • Paul will communicate with Dr. Gomes regarding speed and simulation

10/17/2013

All

  • Follow up with tasks of everyone to see progress
    • Kyle, Jon and Bill on base station
    • Matt and Paul on their simulation in MATLAB
    • Saj on DOE
  • Communicated team progress

10/17/2013

Paul, Saj

  • Relay simulation concepts and numbers to Saj to begin DOE analysis
  • Understanding of system critical parameters established

10/22/2013

All

  • Individual progress updates
  • Create sub-system design presentation
  • Communicated team progress
  • Presentation started
  • Need to continue working on presentation

10/22/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Establish bridle design
  • Bridle design established and proved
  • Three-point bridle analyzed
10/23/2013

All

  • Finish presentation powerpoint
  • Sub-system design review presentation finished

10/23/2013

Paul, Saj

  • Continue DOE analysis
  • DOE still in progress

10/24/2013

All

  • Sub-system level review debrief
  • Delegated tasks

10/31/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Develop tether drag
  • Get flight simulator
  • Tether drag analysis completed
  • 4 hours on the Aero Club's flight simulator
  • Tether drag found to be negligible for tension, relevant for position

11/7/2013

All

  • Individual progress updates
  • Start detailed design presentation
  • Communicated team progress
  • Presentation started
  • Need to continue working on presentation

11/7/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Review bridle concept ideas
  • Establish top designs
  • Build glider
  • Fly glider
  • Bridle attachment design identified
  • Glider built
  • Had maiden flight
  • Finer details (adjustment, attachment to tether line, etc) need to be worked out
  • Flew with the assistance of Mitch from Aero Club; too windy so the flight ended early

11/14/2013

All

  • Individual progress updates
  • Continue detailed design presentation
  • Communicated team progress
  • Kyle and Jon continuously working on base station design
  • Bill working on DAQ specifications
  • Acquire list of of professors that need to be consulted
  • Presentation updated
  • Need to continue working on presentation

11/14/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Fly glider
  • Mayday mayday...glider is MIA
  • Glider crashed in the swamps after going out of radio range. Searching will commence

11/15/2013

Paul, Jon, Bill

  • Look for glider
  • Glider still MIA

11/16/2013

All

  • Look for glider
  • Glider still MIA

11/18/2013

Paul, Saj

  • Continue DOE analysis
  • DOE still in progress

11/19/2013

All

  • Last attempt at glider search party
  • Glider still MIA
  • Glider will RIP with the deer.

11/21/2013

Matt, Paul

  • Establish bridle adjustment design
  • Design completed
  • Refined data with Paul to develop an ANOVA table for sensitivity analysis of each factor

12/3/2013

All

  • Individual progress updates
  • Communicated team progress

12/3/2013

Jon,Kyle

  • Begin CAD model
  • CAD model started

12/3/2013

Paul, Saj

  • Continue DOE analysis
  • DOE still in progress
  • DOE is more like a model sensitivity analysis

12/5/2013

Paul, Saj

  • Finalize model sensitivity analysis
  • Model sensitivity completed
  • Spreadsheet now contains all configurations and the related tensions. Can be filted based on desired tension and wind speed to identify glider configuration
  • Sensitivity of variables from most to least: Flight radius, beta angle, tether length

12/9/2013

All

  • Update EDGE
  • Finalize DDR presentation
  • Finish DDR document
  • Finish CAD model
  • Progress on EDGE made
  • DDR presentation and document completed

12/10/2013

All

  • Update EDGE
  • Improve preparation for DDR presentation
  • Prepare for gate review
  • EDGE is up to date
  • Gate review tasks delegated

12/12/2013

All

  • Debrief from DDR
  • Submit required MSD documents
  • Prepare for gate review
  • Plan of attack for DDR open ends established
  • Bill's going to get the donuts.

MSD II

Date Attendees Agenda Tasks Completed Additional Notes

1/28/2014

All

  • Revise base station design & anchor techniques
  • Drew up two new design concepts
  • Brainstormed 4 anchoring techniques
  • Kyle and Jon will determine base station design feasibility
  • Bill, Paul, Saj, and Matt are investigating each anchor technique for feasibility
  • Tasks due 1/29

1/29/2014

Saj, Bill, Paul, Kyle, Matt

  • Review team schedule for MSD II, updated BOM, problem tracking template
  • Review base station and anchor design feasibility research
  • Discussed team schedule, BOM, problem solving template, and progress of new base station design concepts
  • Chose the Duckbill anchor design to investigate for further feasibility
  • Base station revised plan (basic CAD model and quotes on major components) due by 30 Jan (Jon and Kyle)
  • DAQ system tested and documented (Potentiometers and CPU communication) by 06 Feb (Bill)
  • Build glider by 04 Feb (Paul and Matt)
  • Assemble first bridle attachment by 04 Feb (Paul and Matt)
  • Begin detailed analysis of Duckbill anchor by 04 Feb (Paul and Matt)

1/30/2014

All

  • Update schedule and shared vision according to team needs
  • Update shared vision according to guide requirements
  • Redesign of the bottom portion of base station
  • Research ideas for anchoring the base station
  • Updated BOM
  • Shared vision revised
  • Team improvement plan created
  • CAD model of improved base station model shared with team
  • Duckbill anchor replaced with 30"" auger anchor.
  • Auger > Duckbill anchor: more portable & vertical pullout of 2500 lbs
  • Deliverables before Tues 04 Feb (from Hanzlik):
    • Team performance post mortem and improvement plan
    • Updated MSD 2 plan.
      • Includes a separate one page detailed shared vision for ImagineRIT
      • Detailed week 5/Phase 2 exit shared vision
    • BOM review
    • Problem tracking in place; TOP 5 problems in system and following the process
    • TEST PLAN, test bench
    • Project progress- in addition to working on the phase 1 deliverables, what progress has been made on the project?
    • Bring project notebooks"

Clicking on this MSD II Meeting Notes link shows additional meetings our team had throughout the semester.

Project Reviews

The following are notes and feedback from our project review presentations we received from our peers, Professor Hanzlik, Dr. Gomes, and Art North.

Week 3 - Project Definition

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Base Station ideas

Tether

Week 6 - System level design

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Questions

Additional feedback

Week 9 - Sub-system Design Presentation

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Questions

Additional feedback

Week 15 - Detailed Design Review Presentation

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Questions

Bridle and tether section:

Base station section:

DAQ section:

Additional feedback


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