Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Life-Saving Search & Rescue: The Journey to Mission Success

  Pt. 2 of 4 – Discovery

      Welcome back!

As SPOT-R developed their device using the eCYBERMISSION STEM-In-Action Grant, they discovered and implemented technical changes that would soon demonstrate an even greater potential for mission success.

Thus far, the team successfully sourced, purchased, and installed all of the systems and parts to make the drone device operational.
Like any project, team SPOT-R has gone through a number of transformations, each one helping to improve its mission. Let’s see what they discovered along the way!

 Ø  Original Discovery   
Originally, SPOT-R’s project 
called for a completely custom design, a raspberry pi as the controller, and only an infrared camera. After somresearch, they discovered that it may be better to use a pre-manufactured multi-rotor. However, we soon discovered that something like a DJphantom would nohave enough battery life for this innovation.

Ø New Discovery
       It was at this time that team SPOT-R discovered that it would be better if there were six props instead of four, as originally planned. Having six helps add more stability and redundancy in case a motor ailed during flight.

Ø  Current Discovery
     Team SPOT-R discovered recently that the original design allows weight shift with the batterYleading to problems in flight tests. Construction of a protective shroud is currently underway, which will protect the instruments and help maintain the device’s center of gravity!

 Throughout their mission, SPOT-R has been able to strengthen relationships and connect with the community. See how SPOT-R has successfully connected with the community in Pt. 3!
    
 STAY TUNED for Pt. 3 of 4 – A Connected Community!

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