Tube-Launched Rotary Wing UAV for Remote Surveillance Operations
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
The Navy desires to equip P-3's and similar future aircraft with UAV's that can be launched from a standard A-size sonobouy tube and return real-time information including video images from remote locations to the P-3 for further analysis and action. Lite Machines has previously developed an electric-powered rotary-wing UAV having a cylindrical body and a counter-rotating, coaxial, rotor system, that fits within these tight size constraints, and that could be reconfigured for use in the Navy program. This Phase I work plan will measure the flight performance of the existing prototype UAV and use these measurements to calibrate a computer software model. This model will then be used to predict the flight performance of variants of the current UAV developed to meet specific P-3 mission requirements.
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LITE MACHINES CORP.
1291 Cumberland Ave West Lafayette, IN 47906
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Dept of Aviation Technology, 1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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