Canadian Arctic sovereignty – Local intervention by flocking UAVs


  1. Labonté, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The importance of local intervention capability for the assertion of Canadian Sovereignty in the Northwest passage is recognized. However, Canada presently lacks the ability to deploy at any northern position, on demand, assets that could search a wide area for rescue or surveillance purposes. This fact motivated the exploration we report here on the feasibility of a rapid intervention system based on a carrier-scouts design according to which a number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would be transported, air launched and recovered by a larger carrier aircraft. A 1973 report produced by the Tactical Combat Aircraft Programs of the Boeing Aerospace Company for the US Air Force [16] and the 2007 thesis of A. Chalamont [5] lead to the conclusion that the airborne launch and recovery of many UAVs from a single carrier aircraft is feasible and requires only already existing technology. In the present report, we propose a solution to the remaining problem of managing simultaneously the many UAVs that are required by the vastness of the areas to be surveyed, with a minimum number of human controllers and communications. Namely, we present algorithms for the self-organization of the deployed UAVs in the formation patterns that they would use for the tasks at hand. These would include surveillance operations during which detailed photographic or video images would be acquired of activities in a region of interest, and searching an area for persons, vehicles or ships in distress and

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2009-243 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2010
Number of Pages
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