Accession Number:

ADA273103

Title:

Low-Cost Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) for Oceanographic Research

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Apr-Oct 1993

Corporate Author:

QUEST INTEGRATED INC KENT WA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

This Phase I study has demonstrated the feasibility of developing a low-cost unmanned air vehicle UAV designed for a range of oceanographic research missions, including photogrammetry, radiometry, video imaging, and atmospheric profiling, at altitudes of up to 3 km and a range of 300 km. The work included identification of a data link, control system, autopilot, automated launcher, and recovery parachute. These subsystems will allow straightforward programming of a wide range of mission profiles and instrumentation control and accurate aircraft positioning including differential GPS positioning within 10 km of a ground station. We also demonstrated a low-cost radio-controlled aircraft capable of carrying a 4-kg instrument payload and an autopilot that minimizes the skill or control algorithm complexity required to fly the aircraft. We have estimated that a complete UAV system, including the ground station and all avionics, can be sold commercially for under 35K. Aircraft, Autopilot, Oceanography, Photogrammetry, Radiometry, Remotely Piloted VehicleRPV, Unmanned Air VehicleUAV, Videography

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE