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Date of Submission

Spring 4-28-2021

Project Type

Senior Design


Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Primary Advisor

Adeel Khalid


The SAUSER is a drone system that can provide aerial footage of traffic accidents and other emergency situations. The drone system has mounting docks that can be mounted on traffic lights to allow for rapid deployment. The mounting docks also function as charging stations.

Literature review was performed to determine the current status of drones in law enforcement. Review was done on both the technological capabilities of drones as well as the legal requirements for drone operation by law enforcement.

Concept alternatives were considered to determine the best solution for this problem. A quadcopter with no landing gear was chosen as the best solution to the problem. Design requirements, performance metrics, and estimated budget were developed.

Off the shelf electronics were selected to provide the necessary thrust, charging, video feed, and wireless capabilities necessary for the remote operation of the drones from a 911 dispatching station. Sizing calculations were performed to determine the takeoff weight of the drone. Blade Element Momentum Theory analysis was performed to determine if the blades could provide proper thrust.

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis was performed to determine if the drone would experience mechanical failure during the lifecycle of the project. Hand calculations were done to verify the validity of these results.

Finally, an economic analysis was performed to determine if the drone meet the budgetary requirements established in the previous sections. It was also done to determine the total cost of the system over a ten-year period.

SAUSER FDR Report.pdf (3382 kB)
Final Design Review Report

SAUSER FDR Presentation.pptx (1729 kB)

SAUSER Poster.pptx (587 kB)

DRONE.zip (62486 kB)
Computer Aided Design Model