Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Abstract

The goal of this project was to develop an embedded system, which would help a sailplane pilot navigate the skies of south central New England. The final design implemented three main components: a GPS receiver, a microprocessor, and a serial display. The BASIC Stamp microprocessor parsed serial data transmitted by the GARMIN GPS receiver. This information was transformed and organized by the processor into three user-friendly screen displays of navigational information including: time, number of satellites in view, speed, course over ground, distance and direction to the indicated destination airport or landing filed [i.e., field], final glide, best glide ratio, altitude, and lastly the vertical rate of the sailplane.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Major

Electrical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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