Autonomous Projectile Interceptor

Senior Design Project, Fall 2007
Department of Computer Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
Michael Dudley, Matthew Hosking, Jared Russell

The Autonomous Projectile Interceptor is a mechanical system designed to catch a ping pong ball within a designated target area. It is comprised of a computer, two cameras, a Freescale HCS12 microcontroller and a rotating arm with a cup.

Custom software tracks the ball, calculates its trajectory and sends commands to the microcontroller via a serial link. The microcontroller positions the cup at the specified coordinates in time to catch the ball.

A hand-drawn diagram depicting a side view of the API system