VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE FOR MARITIME AND CLOSE COMBAT APPLICATIONS
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Piasecki Aircraft Corp
P.o. Box 360, Second Street,, West, Essington, PA, 19029
Frederick W. Piasecki
AbstractThe unique criteria applicable to UAV shipboard operations will be identified and a specification established, including deck tie-down, launch and retrieval and hangaring/handling procedures. A baseline design to these criteria, with weight and balance and performance estimates, will be developed. Evaluation of the characteristics of weight, size, power, operational safety and operational control/handling qualities will be made. The command system will make maximum use of existing procedures and consoles where desirable. Effects of shipboard radar EMI will be a primary consideration in the design of the UAV automatic flight control system. A launching and retrieval system will be sized to match the vehicle's characteristics including weight, power required, stabilization system and deck handling from hangar to takeoff/retrieval position. Separate or ship's compressed air or steam will be investigated for auxiliary takeoff thrust for vertical launching. A plan for Phase II demonstration of a full-scale flight vehicle will be developed and included in the final report of the Phase I flight vehicle design activity.
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