Unique Aspects of Flight Testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems
NATO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems UASs must be flight tested in order to be effectively and safely used in operational scenarios. This AGARDograph documents both classic air vehicle flight test techniques and considerations developed from manned flight testing along with special flight test and risk management considerations devised specifically for UAS testing to establish a baseline for conducting flight testing of unmanned systems. Air vehicles ranging in size from small vehicles to high altitude, long endurance aircraft are covered along with flight termination systems, data link considerations, and implications of test locations. Emphasis is placed on evaluating not only the air vehicle but the airborne systems and sensors which make up a UAS payload and the choice of instrumentation systems needed to establish system performance. Even considering the continuous development of new test techniques driven by the rapid growth of unmanned systems and expansion of these systems capabilities, this document should aide in establishing a suitable baseline for UAS flight testing.
- Pilotless Aircraft