P19123: Lockheed Amelia Drone

Problem Definition

Table of Contents

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase



Project Summary

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.

Use Cases

Use Cases Document
Take off

Take off



General Flight

General Flight

Obstacle Detection

Obstacle Detection

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Customer Requirement # Importance (1-3-9 scale) Description Comments
CR1 9 Aircraft can send 360 degree lower hemisphere video to a base station during flight
CR2 9 Video received from aircraft during flight shall be streamed live to a virtual reality headset.
CR3 3 The headset views the 360 degree footage with a perspective that changes based on the wearers head rotation.
CR4 3 The 360 degree footage will also be recorded to be able to rewatch and replay later.
CR5 1 Must be able to take off and land without human assistance
CR6 9 Must be able to land without breaking
CR7 3 Flown by pilots hands using a controller
CR8 9 The video has high quality and smooth framerate to avoid pilot feeling sick.
CR9 1 Simple user interface
CR10 3 User can fly in 1 direction and look in another
CR11 9 Safe to operate
CR12 9 Comply with FAA and FCC regulations
CR13 9 Basic drone flying capabilities.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirement # Source Function Metric Unit of Measurement Marginal Target Direction
ER1 CR11, CR12, CR13 Aircraft must reach altitude Height ft 300 400 up
ER2 CR8, CR11 Stability in crosswind Max distance from ‘origin location’ in 20 minutes in 15 mph crosswind ft 3 2 down
ER3 CR13 Flight time/Battery Life Time without needing to refuel/recharge min 30 40 up
ER4 CR2, CR4, CR8 Video Quality Resolution p 1080 1440 up
ER5 CR2, CR8 Video Latency to Headset Measure time differential from drone to headset ms 1000 100 down
ER6 CR1, CR4, CR8 Video Latency Measure differential from drone to base station ms 15 10 down
ER7 CR1, CR2, CR8, CR11 Recording Quality Frame rate of video frames per second 30 60 up
ER8 CR13 Speed Maximum Velocity MPH 20 25 up
ER9 CR4, CR8 Camera Stability Maximum amplitude of oscillation of camera in TBD TBD down
ER10 CR4, CR8 Camera Stability Maximum frequency of oscillation of camera hz TBD TBD down
ER11 CR13 Recharge Time Time to fully recharge drone and camera min 30 20 down
ER12 CR1, CR8, CR11 Field of View Measure total angle of vision (horizon to horizon) degree 120 180 up
ER13 CR7, CR9 User Interaction Minimize button presses to begin drone operation (not controller) count 5 3 down
ER14 CR13 Drone Range Maximum radius from base station miles .25 .35 up
ER15 CR11, CR13 Size Overall profile of drone (cube side length) ft 4 3 down
ER16 CR6 Resistant to environment Are all components sufficiently shock proof Yes/No Yes Yes X
ER17 CR7 Operation % of users who find controller ‘easy to use’ % 60 75 up
ER18 CR11,CR12 Wire Count Number of exposed wires or safety issues count 2 0 down
ER19 CR8 Interference Minimize frame loss through entire flight count 100 50 up
ER20 CR5, CR6, CR11 Low Power* Drone autonomously lands at designated power level Yes/No Yes Yes X
ER21 CR3, CR10 Independant controller and headset Controller and headset have may operate separately Yes/No Yes Yes X

House of Quality

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House Of Quality

House Of Quality


Design Review Materials

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