Analysis of Alternative Recovery Systems for the RQ-21A Blackjack
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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The RQ-21A unmanned aerial system must be able to launch and recover independent from any runway or leveled surface. The current RQ-21A STUAS recovery system SRS has been deemed deficient by Program Management Authority 263, because it is incapable of recovering the air vehicle at its maximum weight and commonly causes damage to the air vehicle, payloads, andor the SRS. This project conducted an analysis of alternatives to compare the SRS, VTOL, SideArm, FLARES, and Net Capture recovery systems based on performance, cost, and risks. The VTOL and SideArm are recommended as potential replacements because they outperform the RQ-21A SRS and other alternatives in performance, cost, and risk.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Military Aircraft Operations