Rescue Hexacopter Project

 

Objective

The objective of this project has two distinct parts.  The first is educational, it is designed to take the student through a simple design, production, and operational process to create a robotic real-world machine.  The second is to stress the importance of community involvement and giving back to the community.
This project is a result of several conversations with the local police department in which I had asked them what kind of robot the robotics class could build for them.  I expected some kind of tracked vehicle with a camera feed to send in situations where it was too dangerous to send in an officer.  Instead, they felt a rescue drone would be a more helpful asset.  Something that could carry a FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red) camera and transmit back to a ground station.  It could be used to quickly search an area for lost individuals as well as being used to assess the extent of a fire in a residence or business. 
From this, the Rescue Hexacopter Project was born. 

 


Design

The design phase of the project will be the biggest task and will require the most time.  The design must be extremely durable and if necessary, repairable.  It must be capable of carrying a 6 lb FLIR camera and must be able to sustain a controlled flight time of approximately 20 minutes.


Production

The Production phase will be fairly short, but extremely well documented.  We will disclose all production techniques we use as well as all the pre-manufactured components we will be purchasing.


Operation

The operation phase will be well documented with videos showing its first flight, instructions on assembling and using the hexacopter.  This phase will also include training for the end-user.