Accession Number:

ADA422459

Title:

Applications for Mini VTOL UAV for Law Enforcement

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

Remotely operated vehicle systems, ground and air, have great potential for supporting law enforcement operations. These systems, with their onboard sensors, can assist in collecting evidence, performing long term surveillance or in assessing hazardous situations prior to committing personnel. Remote ground vehicles are presently used by many police departments for ordnance clearing missions. Unmanned ground vehicles UGVs typically offer long endurance, and a intuitive to operate but can be severely limited in where they can go by terrain and obstacles. Unmanned air vehicles UAVs have three-dimensional mobility but have landing and takeoff restrictions, mission time limitations, and typically are demanding to operate. A new capability has been demonstrated for the U.S. military that shows great promise for aiding police agencies. This concept uses a shrouded rotor, vertical take-off and landing VTOL, unmanned air vheicle to provide mobility to sensors nd other payloads. This system can either perform surveillance from the air or travel to a remote location and land to position onboard sensors to perform long term surveillance from the ground. This mobility platform concept can also be used to position packages e.g. communications repeaters or deliver and deploy non-lethal agents. This paper presents the concept of a small UAV, VTOL sensor mobility system for support of law enforcement operations. It tehn discusses operational feasibility and briefly reviews demonstrations of surveillance and sensor placement operations in mility urban terrain scenarios performed by the Space and Naval Warfare SPAWAR Systems Center San Diego SSCSD and Sikorsky Aircraft with their full size Cypher UAV. We then discuss the practicality of reducing the size of this capability to a system small enough to be transported in standard police vehicles and which can easily be operated by law enforcement personnel.

Subject Categories:

  • VSTOL
  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE