Autonomous Mobile Sensor System for Quad Copter

Autonomous Mobile Sensor System for Quad Copter

MDA is sponsoring the development of an autonomous mobile sensor designed for quad-copter platforms. This will likely be a multi-year project with each team building on the progress of previous teams.

With the advent of cheaper, lightweight sensors, longer battery life, and advances in vision and signal processing, new opportunities have arisen for using small autonomous (and manually controlled) flying vehicles for environmental sensing, maintenance and inspection, search and rescue, and other applications. Because the challenges change on a regular basis, a flexible, modular system is desired to meet emerging needs.

More Information: 2017-MDA

Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017:

Student IP Agreement for this Project Team

Student Non-Disclosure Agreement for this Project Team

Note: due to the government work completed by MDA, LLC this project is only available to U.S. Citizens

How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors AERO, CE, ECE, EE, ISD-SYSTEMS, ME
  • Course Substitutions EE MDE, Honors, SYSTEMS 503, CE MDE, ECE Cognate
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Interview Guaranteed
  • Systems Integration

    Systems engineering, broad well established engineering skills, project experience

    • Likely Majors: ISD-SYSTEMS
  • Embedded systems

    Development of integration circuitry, intermediate processing requirements, and data storage

    • Likely majors: CE, ECE
  • Flight Airframe Design and Develop, Flight plan development

    Design modification of airframe to support sensor integration, vibration control, line of sight access, etc. Development of flight control functionality

    • Likely Majors: AERO, ME
  • Camera Control

    Video processing, sensor selection, controls/robotics

    • Likely Majors: EE, ECE
  • RF Technology

    General RF knowledge and experience

    • Likely Majors: EE, ECE

timFaculty Mentor: Timothy Butler
Engineer in Research Lead
BS Computer Science and Mathematics from Central Michigan University. Software engineer in the CoE’s XTRM/SPRL lab since 2014. Currently developing ground segment science processing software for NASA’s CYGNSS mission. Previous industry experience mainly in embedded software, in fields such as onboard rail vehicle electronics, data communications and networking equipment and protective devices for electrical substations.
Sponsor Mentor: Richard Spangler2017 Stryker projects
UM Masters in Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics, 2010, BSEE from University of Detroit, 1994. Mr. Spangler has worked as an engineer for MDA LLC and predecessor companies since 1997. Current research interests involve the automated extraction of target information from image data, particularly for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). Other work has included development of image processing and analysis algorithms for SAR, bistatic radar, and interferometry. Other work includes system engineering involving radar systems, orbitology, and other applications; as well as field work for deploying experimental systems.
For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (MDA Information Systems).