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Systems Design

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Team Vision for System-Level Design Phase

The team's goal for this phase was to select the building blocks that would shape the design of the assembly. This meant discovering a finalized location for the assembly so that it could be determined whether the assembly could be powered via an external source or require it's own means of power generation.

This also meant benchmarking of motors and frames to develop a proper idea on how to move the antenna and guard the components against the elements.

While confirmation of availability has been reserved for after a preliminary design has been completed, the team found that the assembly could likely be set up at the RIT Observatory where power outlets and a hardline internet connection should be readily available. Towards this end, preliminary CADD models have been created detailing the plans for the mechanical aspect of the assembly.

Functional Decomposition

Overall Functional Decomposition Chart

Overall Functional Decomposition Chart

Functional Decomposition of Software

Functional Decomposition of Software

Data Transition Diagram

Data Transition Diagram

Functional Decomposition of Firmware

Functional Decomposition of Firmware

Benchmarking

Benchmarking Table

Benchmarking Table

Concept Development

In order to develop concepts that would satisfy our design requirements and function optimally, we had to go back and re-benchmark and identify additional products that perform a similar function to our project. We also had to identify subsystems and various components that would be used in each subsystem (achieved with functional decomposition combined with feasibility). Lastly, we needed to ensure that we were not forgetting about the customer requirements, engineering requirements, and constraints to meet the goals defined in the problem definition phase of this project.

After analyzing benchmarks, subsystems, and design requirements, we brainstormed the following solutions that would satisfy the deliverables outlined during the problem definition phase:

Concept Drawings

Concept Drawings

Detailed breakdown of concepts for Pugh chart

Feasibility: Prototyping, Analysis, Simulation

Morphological Chart and Concept Selection

Morphological Chart

Morphological Chart

Concept Selection

This consists of two elements:

The real value in this step of the process is not the comparison matrix you generate to compare your concepts, but the analysis and discussion you do to support your evaluation.

Design Review Materials

Pre-Read for Design Review Presentation

Plans for next phase


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