P19319: Lockheed ATLAS II


Project Summary Project Information

Lockheed Martin Owego designs and produces multi-function displays (MFDs). An MFD is a small screen configured with a mixture of soft keys and touchscreen commands. They are used in aviation to display information to the pilot in numerous configurable ways. Presently, the testing of MFDs is an exhaustive manual task, performed by a human who will eventually tire and thus, suffer a reduction in performance. The Avionics Testing Laboratory Automation System (ATLAS) is a testing device that will be used for screening and interacting with MFDs at Lockheed Martin Owego. The ATLAS system will automate hardware testing and ensure high accuracy and efficiency as well.

A prototype of the device was created by a previous RIT senior design team. Details for this project can be found here. This team will work to improve the pre-existing design and add additional features such as a camera for image recognition capabilities. We will analyze the current prototype to identify deficiencies and develop solutions to make the system smaller, faster and more durable.

The goal of this project is to design and implement a functional prototype of the ATLAS system that can be used in the MFD testing process to allow for decreased human intervention and a more efficient testing process. Additional expected deliverables include a comprehensive project poster and technical paper, as well as all relevant technical documents.

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

Team Members

Team members from left to right: Ndeye Fatou Diop, Earl Sharkey, Wyatt Morris, Matt Harvey, Chris Hart

Team members from left to right: Ndeye Fatou Diop, Earl Sharkey, Wyatt Morris, Matt Harvey, Chris Hart

Member Role Major Email Phone
Earl Sharkey Software Lead CE ess3102@rit.edu (619) 708-2114
Matthew Harvey Electrical Lead EE mxh7208@rit.edu (908) 442-3043
Wyatt Morris Project Manager EE wlm5853@rit.edu (315) 762-3399
Ndeye Fatou Diop Mechanical Lead ME nfd7340@rit.edu (315) 878-1680
Christopher Hart Systems Integration ME ceh9466@rit.edu (508) 944-5283

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

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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


Engineering Requirements

Customer Requirements

Master Schedule

Risk Management


Work Breakdown Structure

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

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Mechanical Drawing Package

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams


Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


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