P18319: Lockheed ATLAS


Project Summary Project Information

The Avionics Testing Laboratory Automation System (ATLAS) is designed to enhance the automated testing capabilities in the avionics labs at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. The system consists of an externally mounted mechanical device that simulates key-press and touch screen actions of a human operator on a Multi-Function Display (MFD) or Common Display Unit (CDU). The design will use a control board and a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to program and perform user-defined actions. The system design must be scalable and detachable, while maintaining a weight of less than ten pounds. Additionally, the device must not cause damage to the interfacing display during testing of both hard and soft touches.

The goal of the project is to establish a proof of concept that includes the development of a functional prototype. The extended goal of the project is to implement multi-touch capability for advanced MFDs. Additional deliverables include a technical paper and poster to be presented to both the customer and during IMAGINE RIT in term 2175.

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Project Name
Avionics Testing Laboratory Automation System (ATLAS)
Project Number
Project Family
Automated Systems and Controls
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth (gdwddm@rit.edu)
Primary Customer
Jim Melby (jim.melby@lmco.com)
Sponsor (financial support)
Lockheed Martin RMS - Owego

Team Members

 From Left to Right: Kyle McAlinn, Mark Min, Michael Kelly, Harvick Tang, Matthew Craven, Sarah Bentzley

From Left to Right: Kyle McAlinn, Mark Min, Michael Kelly, Harvick Tang, Matthew Craven, Sarah Bentzley

Member Role Major LinkedIn Email Phone #
Kyle McAlinn Mechanical Systems ME Kyle McAlinn kim3686 607-738-4544
Mark Min Power & Electrical Systems EE jwm5845 917-887-3751
Michael Kelly System Integration & Test EE mfk6324 631-603-2217
Harvick Tang Program Manager ME Harvick Tang wxt6914 781-353-9406
Matthew Craven Production & Quality ME Matt Craven mtc7896 570-793-4721
Sarah Bentzley Software Systems EE Sarah Bentzley sbb4795 215-859-2550

For a breakdown of role responsibilities, click here.

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination



Master Schedule


Risk Management

Communication & Minutes

Work Breakdown Structure

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Design Overview

Drawings & Schematics (Electrical & Mechanical)

Final CAD Models

Software Diagrams

Software Feasibility

Special Process Sheets

System Architecture

Config File Setup

ATLAS Communication (How-To)


Test Rig


X-01 Test Results

A-01 Test Plans

Electrical Subsystem Assembly

Mechanical Subsystem Assembly

A-01 Mechanical Subsystem

System Weight Tracking

Software Implementation

Problem Tracking Report

Test Results

System Invertibility Verification

Touch Screen Interaction Verification

A-01 Arm Scalability

Shock Hazard Reduction

Final Software Release

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit

Team Interaction

Lightning Talk

Performance vs. Requirements

Post Mortem