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
|First Name||Last Name||Major||Role||Contact|
Project Manager, Firmware Lead
|Ben Morgan||Palmer||Mechanical Engineering|
Mechanical Lead, Communications
|Piers||Kwan||Computer Engineering||Pattern Recognition Lead||pik3387|
Testing Lead, Purchasing Lead
Work Breakdown: By Phase
MSD I & II
Integrated System Build & Test
Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)
Work Breakdown: By Topic
Presentation & Dissemination
Communication & Minutes
Pugh Concept Selection
Design Review Documents
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