Project Summary

Project Information

Natural disasters and other such crises often occur and leave people in need of rescue. Forest wildfires destroy the landscape and cut areas off. Earthquakes trap people within rubble. Even hikers can become stranded in the wilderness far from any cell tower and in need of rescue. Depending on the situation, some rescues are not necessary until days later, while other rescues are time sensitive and most occur as soon as possible. In addition, rescue efforts are resource-limited; thus teams strive to focus on the most critically affected areas first. These areas must first be located and the damage must be assessed, which incurs significant latency in sending appropriate help to the affected areas. This leads to the hypothesis that rescue efforts can be sped up and reduced in cost if some portion of the effort cant be automated.

In the short term, we seek to develop aircraft which are capable of basic autonomous flight for long periods of time (exceeding 30 continuous minutes) while equipped with a sensor package which will allow the craft to search for signs of life in a disaster scene.  Long term goals include advanced autonomous navigation at lower altitudes, mesh networking across multiple autonomous vehicles, and swarm searching of an affected area. The ultimate mission of this undertaking with assistance of our guide and under the lead of project lead and customer, Andy Meyer, is to produce an economical, practical and measurable improvement to disaster analysis and relief, with the goal of reducing the cost of saving lives with limited resources while not tying up the produced solution to a particular company, institution, nation, or government of any kind.

Project Title: Autonomous Search Drones

Project Number: P20123

Project Family: Aerospace

Start Term: 2195

End Term: 2201

Faculty Guide: Prof. Louis Beato

Primary Customer(s): Andy Meyer

Sponsor (financial support): N/A

Team Members

First NameLast NameMajorRoleContact
AndyMeyerComputer Engineering

Project Manager, Firmware Lead

AtulyaJohnElectrical Engineering

Electrical Lead

Ben MorganPalmerMechanical Engineering

Mechanical Lead, Communications

MutahirMustahsanMechanical Engineering


PiersKwanComputer EngineeringPattern Recognition Leadpik3387
SabrinaLyComputer Engineering

Testing Lead, Purchasing Lead


Work Breakdown: By Phase

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management

Design Tools

Design Documentation



Presentation & Dissemination





Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout



Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit


  • Be sure to include any relevant sponsor acknowledgement throughout your site.
  • Acknowledge any other support you have received from people at RIT or elsewhere.

  • No labels