P15230: Quadcopter

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Project Summary

Unmaned Aerial Systems (UAS) are gaining popularity and demand in the commercial sector and for personal, hobbyist use. There is an increasing demand for UAS in areas such as delivery, thermal scanning, and mapping in areas which are time consuming, difficult, or unsafe for a traditional approach. For example, Amazon has announced plans for creating a UAS delivery method for their products.

RIT looks to be a pioneer in this field, and has designed a competition based around this idea. The competition will require a fully autonomous craft to pilot itself through an obstacle course, using various methods of object detection to navigate as well as record data. These crafts will also be required to carry and drop payloads during the competition, furthering RIT's research into the UAS field.

RIT is sponsoring a Semi-Autonomous UAS competition details here. Our team is tasked with a fully autonomous demonstration at this competition.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

The goals of this project are to design a flight platform that integrates commercial, off the shelf components into a fully autonomous, durable, and preferably portable package, and to integrate object detection and avoidance capabilities, as well as camera capabilities including some form of facial recognition, into that platform. The final platform will be used as a demonstration for fully autonomous flight during RIT's Imagine competition.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

The Requirements discussed for the Imagine RIT competition are linked below.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

The Requirements discussed for the Imagine RIT competition are linked below.

Use Scenarios

Linked below or the use scenario charts detailed for the project


A comparison of the customer requirements to our detailed engineering requirements are linked below in a "house of quality" analysis.

Some Predicted complications are:

-FAA Regulations : * Line of Sight must be maintained * Flight restrictions on campus due to airport

- Trilateration method requires multiple transmitters

- All calculations must be on-board

- Base must be able to lift equipment

- Budget Restrictions

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