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 Implementation



Bill Of Materials

Risk Management

Project Plan Phase 1

Project Plan Phase 2

Project Plan Phase 3

Project Plan Phase 4

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit

Use Cases

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements

House of Quality


Functional Decomposition

Benchmarking (Camera)

Benchmarking (Drone)

Benchmarking (Headset)

Morphological Charts, Pugh Charts, and Pugh Concept Selections

System Architecture



Hardware Mount

Oculus Rift Headset

Power Diagram

Live Software Diagram

Power Requirements

P19123 Test Validation Matrix

Bandwidth (RF) Testing

Heat Transfer Analysis

Test Flight