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Aerial Photography Camera System. Team Lead: Nathan Heermann Group Member: Teressa Specht Group Member: Larry Schweizer Sponsor/Mentor: Philip Heermann. Introduction. Description of Project Why is this project a good Senior Design project? Goal of Project Team Roles

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Aerial photography camera system

Aerial Photography Camera System

Team Lead: Nathan Heermann

Group Member: Teressa Specht

Group Member: Larry Schweizer

Sponsor/Mentor: Philip Heermann


Introduction

Introduction

  • Description of Project

    • Why is this project a good Senior Design project?

    • Goal of Project

  • Team Roles

  • Major Milestones

  • Deliverables

  • Biggest Challenges and Concerns

  • Work in Progress

  • Future Tasks


Description of project

Description of Project

  • Our high level objective will be to develop a camera system that:

    • Can collect aerial photographs from a small manned aircraft.

    • Fill a void in the current market that is cost effective and functionally competitive.

    • Alleviate the incurred required upgrades that traditional systems need every few years.


Description of project1

Description of Project

Why is this a good Senior Design Project?

  • Designing this camera system will:

    • Use classroom knowledge to solve a practical “real world” engineering problem

    • Gain knowledge in solving problems with physical limitations

    • Gain hardware and software experience

    • Integrate multiple components into a working system


Description of project2

Description of Project

Goal of Project

  • Construct a high quality camera system using multiple commodity digital cameras.

    • Design to control the cameras and sustain their environment using electronics and software

    • Build the control system

    • Test the whole camera system to and collect aerial photographs from aircraft.


Roles

Roles

  • Team Lead: Nathan Heermann

    • Brainstorm and research solutions with the team

    • Handle communication and scheduling with mentor

    • Monitor project’s milestones

    • Develop proof-of-concept tests for circuitry


Roles1

Roles

  • Group Member: Larry Schweizer

    • Brainstorm solutions with the team

    • Research, design, build, and test applicable solutions to use a single board computer to control the cameras and their settings

    • Research, design, build, and test a heating solution for the camera box


Roles2

Roles

  • Group Member: Teressa Specht

    • Brainstorm solutions with the team

    • Research, design, build, and test applicable solutions for the power circuitry within the aircraft

    • Research, design, build, and test the control box that will be installed in the cabin of the aircraft


Roles3

Roles

  • Sponsor/Mentor: Philip Heermann

    • Meet with students regularly to discuss progress

    • Give technical guidance through suggestions and advice

    • Review documentation for accuracy


Roles4

Roles

  • Additional Support: Austin Heermann and Mike Douglas

    • Mechanic (Mike) will install all components and wiring onto the aircraft

    • Mechanic will ensure FAA safety requirements are met during inspection of the system after installation

    • Pilot (Austin) will be available for test flights

    • Austin will help install camera system components into the camera box


Major milestones

Major Milestones

  • Drive the cameras with the Arduino daughter card

  • Control the camera settings through a single board computer using a USB interface

  • Develop a power system for the cameras

  • Develop a control box inside of aircraft for cameras and power system

  • Software Development

    • Camera Controlling(shutter speed, aperture, etc)

    • GPS/IMU data packets(latitude & longitude, and roll, pitch & yaw.)


Deliverables

Deliverables

  • The system must be safe to fly on a manned aircraft and handle the aircraft environment

  • The camera system must be able to control up to 9 cameras simultaneously, firing at a frequency of 2Hz

  • Coordinate camera exposure settings

  • Camera triggering enable/control switch for pilot with indicator light (start/stop camera triggering)


Deliverables1

Deliverables

  • Means to extract data without disassembly of camera pod

  • GPS/INU shall be synchronized to camera triggering to supply 3D position and orientation of cameras

  • Aircraft power is 24V, current requirements must be documented to assure sufficient aircraft power.

  • Supply power to 9 cameras

  • Documentation on the complete camera system


Biggest challenges concerns

Biggest Challenges & Concerns

  • Power System Development

    • Each component is powered at a different voltage level

  • Communication Between Hardware Components

    • Establish how to make them “talk” and work together

    • Custom cabling

    • Software

  • Controlling Environmental Conditions

    • Vibration, Temperature (-40C)

  • FAA requirements


Work in progress

Work in Progress


Future tasks

Future Tasks

Tasks Planned for the next month:

  • Build prototype board for camera triggering

  • Design, order and build camera control box for inside the aircraft cabin

  • Get GPS/IMU to communicate with the Arduino board and the single board computer


Questions

Questions?


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