P19123: Lockheed Amelia Drone


Project Summary Project Information

The Amelia Project’s goal is to develop a drone unlike any other on the market. The drone will be equipped with the ability to survey 360 degrees of the lower hemisphere which may be observed by the remote pilot. This pilot controls the drone with a handheld controller along with a virtual reality headset that allows him to survey the 360 degree view below. This new project is leveraging existing drone, virtual reality, and RF video transmission technologies.

The goal of the project is to transmit a high definition 360 degree video to the ground station where the pilot is located. With this, the reduction of latency and guarantee stability of the drone. The project seeks to demonstrate the capability of RF to send large amounts of information over significant distances while still providing a smooth video experience. The drone must satisfy all FAA flight safety considerations and FCC regulations. The expected result is a functional prototype that is presented to Lockheed Martin to demonstrate to the management the effectiveness of these technologies when combined together.

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Project Name
Lockheed Amelia Drone
Project Number
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth
Primary Customer
Lockheed Martin Owego
Sponsor (financial support)
Jim Melby

Team Members

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Left to Right: John, Bryan, Zach, Noah, Jacob
Name Major Role Contact
Bryan Bausinger MECE Team Lead bab1943@rit.edu
Noah George MECE Manufacturing Lead ncg3397@rit.edu
Zach Stewart EEEE Scribe and Communications zws9047@rit.edu
Jacob Kenin CE Purchasing and Systems Lead jk6294@rit.edu
John Cowan CE Software and Edge Specialist jrc9071@rit.edu

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 System Design Mechanical Subsystems Computer/Electrical Subsystems Data Sheets Test Report/Implementation


Subsystem Requirement Diagram

Working Budget & BOM

Risk Management

Drone System Information

Payload Assembly

Operations Manual

Future Advancements

Project Plan (MSD I)

Project Plan (MSD II)

Technical Paper


General Use Cases

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements


House of Quality

Functional Decomposition

System Decomposition

Benchmark (Camera)

Benchmark (Computer)

Benchmark (Drone)

Benchmark (VR)

Pugh Chart (Flight Controls)

Pugh Chart (Gather Video)

Pugh Chart (Send Video)

Pugh Chart (Display Video)

System Architecture

Subject Matter Experts

Project Video Instruction

Base Station Drawings

Hardware Drawings

Drone Assembly Drawing

Drone Weight Measurement

Drone Payload CAD Files

Component Power Requirements

Power Diagram

Parallel Power Supply Model

Drone Wiring

Transmission Gain Diagram

General Software Diagram

Functional Software Diagram

Software Package

Motor (Tiger Motor MN4012-11 400 KV)

ESC (Multi-Rotor 50A ESC 924050)

Drone Battery (Tattu 30000mAh 22.2V 25C 6S1P LiPo Battery)

Accessory Battery (Omni 13)

Laptop (Acer Nitro V)

Camera (Ricoh Theta V)

Gimbal (Osmo Mobile 2)

Data Transmitter (Rocket 5AC Lite)

Data Transmitter Antenna (5GHz AirMax Omni Rocket Kit)

Data Receiver (NanoBeam 5AC)

Propellers (T-Motor Folding Polymer MF1604)

Drone Platform (Gaui 950H)

VR Headset (Oculus Rift)

Flight Controller (Pixhawk 4 + Neo-M8N GPS)

Power Distribution Board (Pixhawk 4 PMB)

Radio Controller (FrSky Taranis QX7)

Radio Receiver (FrSky X8R)

Shear Failure Analysis

Camera Overheating Analysis

Center of Gravity Considerations

Cross-wind Effect Analysis

Drone Lift Analysis

Test Validation Matrix