P17231: Multispectral Imaging Drone


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Project Summary

Project Summary Project Information
Traditionally, archaeologists use satellite imagery from the government to provide maps of their site. However, RGB images from these satellites don’t always provide the information that archaeologists need. A cost-effective solution is to put multiple types of imaging sensors on an unmanned aerial system (UAS). These sensors should include multispectral (including RGB and near-IR) and far-infrared (FIR) sensors. The multispectral and infrared cameras, when used together, can detect chlorophyll, which can help determine the health of vegetation in an area. If plants in an area are not healthy, it can serve as an indicator that a man-made structure lies underneath the brush. Moreover, the FIR camera can provide information about thermal anomalies lying under the earth, further signifying to the archaeologist that there may be something of interest under the earth.

The main goals of this project are to come up with a fully integrated system with multiple imaging sensors that detect many different wavelengths of light, keep the system small enough so that it can be easily transported, and provide enough “fly-time” for an archaeologist to collect the data that he or she needs. The expected result is a functional modular gimbal prototype which can be used by professionals to determine the locations of unknown subterranean features. We will design our prototype with a pre-determined UAV model for our reference. The resulting design and prototype needs to be delivered on-time, within the specified budget, and tested in a manner that complies with FAA regulations.

CIS sponsorship
Project Name
Multispectral Detection of Subterranean Features
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Project Family
Imaging Science
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Faculty Guide
George Slack, Email
Primary Customer
William Middleton, Email

Team Members

Team Members

Team Members

Member Role Major Contact
Leah Bartnik Project Manager Imaging Science Email
Arthur Svec Lead Engineer (Electrical) Electrical Engineer Email
Ben McFadden Lead Engineer (Mechanical) Mechanical Engineer Email
Gavin Bailey Facilitator Mechanical Engineer Email
Ryan Moore Communications Electrical Engineer Email
Stephen Depot Finances Electrical Engineer Email
Jeremy Sardella EDGE Coordinator Electrical Engineer Email

For team setup information see Planning & Execution

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Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation