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Project Status UpdateP10661-Aerial Imaging

Dale Turley (Mechanical Engineering)

Project Status Update

  • Project NameAerial Imaging System

  • Project NumberP10661

  • Project FamilyOpen Architecture, Open Source Aerial Imaging Systems

  • TrackPrinting and Imaging

  • Start Term2010-1 planned academic quarter for MSD1

  • End Term2010-2 planned academic quarter for MSD2

  • Faculty GuideDr. Pratapa Reddy, Professor in Computer Engineering

  • Tech SupportMike Walsh

  • Primary CustomerDr. Carl Salvaggio, College of Imaging Science

Mission Statement

The overall product is a visible spectrum imaging system for the use with an unmanned aerial vehicle. The specific task under development is an image calibration system and procedure to be used by researchers in the College of Imaging Science, to effectively and efficiently collect aerial data.

  • Key Business Goals:

  • This product is to replace existing data collection methods.

  • To give the customer the ability to launch and collect data on-demand and to choose the usage based on specific situations.

  • Reduce the cost associated with current collection processes.

  • Pre-processing of images will eliminate the need for expensive and timely post-processing in a lab.


Primary Customer:

The primary market for this product is the RIT College of Imaging Science.

Secondary Markets:

Secondary markets for this imaging system may include emergency response agencies where the product could be applied for search & rescue or in firefighting. Law enforcement agencies could use this product for drug eradication.

  • Stakeholders:

  • R09560 - Open Architecture, Open Source Aerial Imaging Systems

  • College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

  • Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Fire Departments

  • Public Safety

Current State of Design

Camera Controls and Power

Vibration Isolation System

Images from P09561 Design Review Presentation

Customer Interview

  • Dr. Carl Salvaggio - Primary Customer

  • Imaging scientists are always starved for data

    • Current data collection systems use manned aircraft which are very expensive and logistically inconvenient

  • System needs to be robust enough to accompany different spectral imaging devices

    • Type of image depends on the mission

  • System needs to be small and light enough to be carried by RIT UAV(unmanned aerial vehicle)

  • Calibration can allow for imaging scientists to measure energy directly from an image to interpret data immediately

  • On-board calibration will ultimately increase data quality and decrease cost associated with the equipment



Phase 3

Phase 4

Aerial Imaging System

Aluminum Platform

(include calibration device)

Aluminum Platform (includes DAQ + power)

Composite Platform

Cost and Mass Reduction


Active Vibration Control

Cost and Mass Reduction



Passive Vibration Control

Multi-Spectral Cameras

Visible & Thermal IR

Visible Spectrum


Ground Based

On-board Visible Calibration

On-Board Thermal IR Calibration


Preliminary Roadmap

Short range Wireless

No Wireless Interface

Long Range RF Down Link


Affinity Diagram

Interpreting Customer Needs

Objective Tree

UAV Imaging System





Mechanical Engineering

Imaging Science


Useful for researchers

Useful for public safety agencies

Low production cost



Observation Information


Imaging Theory

Low usage cost

Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering


Low maintenance cost





Function Tree

UAV Imaging System


Data Storage

Software System

Hardware System

Quality of Data

Processing Power



Camera System

Software System

Camera Controls

Subsystem Controls

User Interface


Thermal IR

Short Wave

Long Wave



Provide Power for Entire Flight

Preliminary House of Quality

Relative Importance Results:

Staffing Predictions

Future Plans

  • Continue to build on needs, interpreting needs, and identifying relative importance

  • Observe parent MSD2 team

    • Lessons learned

    • Advice

  • Meet with other individuals important to the project

    • Jason Faulring (computer engineering grad student)

    • Jan VanAardt (head of Laboratory for Imaging Algorithms and Systems)

  • Attend RIT Innovation Festival

  • Attend P09561 design review

  • Develop action plan for MSD1 to address how the team will engage the design process

    • Concept development

  • Sanity check



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