Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase
- The plan was to get a full overview of the observatory as well as the functionality of the existing control system.
- The team received a setup tutorial of the dome and telescope system from Dr. Richmond and Dr. Connelly. The team visited the observatory site and collected physical measurements of the dome as well as took pictures of the electrical system for future top level system design.
An automated observatory makes it easy to observe the stars from a remote location. As time passes, the position of the stars in the sky changes location to which the telescope and dome will move to accordingly not to obstruct the view of the telescope. Currently, the dome at the RIT observatory moves independently of the telescope and requires periodic manual adjustments.
The goals of this project are to facilitate communication between the dome and the telescope to synchronize their motions with minimal user interaction. It is expected that we incorporate existing software available at the observatory as well as existing motors and only add sensors and microcontrollers where needed to minimize additional wire clutter in the already confined space.
Project BackgroundThe RIT Observatory has had the bare necessities to operate as a functional observatory for years. The dome is motorized, but must be operated manually, moving both the entire structure and the slit on a regular basis. In order for the Observatory to function more effectively and to allow users to focus on other aspects of obtaining science images, it requires several technical upgrades.
|August 30, 2016||Dr. Richmond & Dr. Connelly||Session 1|
|RIT School of Physics and Astronomy (SoPA)||MSD Sponsor|
|Dr. Michael Richmond||Director, RIT Observatory, Customer|
|Dr. Jennifer Connelly||Professor of Physics, Customer|
|RIT Students||Specific Interest Group|
Project Goals and Key Deliverables
- Automated Dome Control System Prototype
- Detailed System Design and User Guide
Customer Requirements (Needs)
The working Customer Requirements can be found here.
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
The working Engineering Requirements can be found here.
- Budget - $1000
- System utilizes existing dome and slit motors
- Wired communication
- Maxim DL software integration
- Sensors must be water resistant
- Work cannot interfere with observatory labs or open houses
House of Quality
Design Review Materials
Plans for next phase
Ahmed Alhurubi's Three Week Plan: Ahmed's Goals
Joseph Brescia's Three Week Plan: Joe's Goals
Raymond Castro's Three Week Plan: Ray's Goals
Wilson Quizhpi's Three Week Plan: Wilson's Goals
Sarah Williams's Three Week Plan: Sarah's Goals