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Note: All of these are fictional and any relationship to any current project is purely coincidental.
Projects Given to Reqs & Specs Students
One: Flight Path Navigational Simulator
We have a UAV payload pod that contains a Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) imaging system. Currently the way we test the positioning system is to strap the pod to a Black Hawk (UH-60) and fly it around our test facility - we then compare the location taken on the images to the location the GPS reported. If they are similar, we call it a success. We'd like to develop a method of injecting "canned" flight paths into the pod in such a way that we can now test it on the ground.
Two: Satellite Positioning System
We're building a new satellite communiation system to talk with our troops overseas. The new satellite will be in a Molniya style orbit around the earth at an orbital inclination of 63.4 degrees above the equatorial plane. We need to develop a simulator to determine the look angles from any position on the ground to the satellite and align the antennas appropriately.
Three: New UAV Command System
A few weeks ago, we captured an Bekibekistanstani UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) that happened to stray into our airspace. Most UAVs in general use what's known as 'Fly-by-wire', in that they require a human pilot to fly it remotely. What is unusual about the design of this UCAV is that we discovered it to be completely autonomous. Commands were uploaded to it remotely via 'waypoints' and 'tasks'. Typical waypoints included 'Fly to here' and "Don't fly here" (also known as 'No-Fly-Zones') while typical tasks included 'Take Picture', 'Listen for Radio', and 'Fire Missile'. We've been asked to build a mock-up of this command and control system for both the ground-control segment and the air-execute segment. We have at your disposal the Communications satellite described by 'Project Two' so that it can relay your commands the world over.