Study of Factors Affecting the Successful Recovery of Fixed-Wing UAVs Onboard Surface Vessels

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Authors
  1. Wong, F.C.
  2. Veilleux, F.
  3. Lee, R.
  4. Gagnon, E.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
A study was undertaken to identify the parameters that affect successful ship recovery of fixed-wing UAVs. The study focused on how the airwake, UAV flight characteristics and autopilot characteristics interacted along the UAV’s trajectory to allow or to hinder a successful recovery. The analysis consisted of a series of Monte Carlo runs where the UAV passed through a virtual airwake towards a hypothetical capture device. The trajectory, miss distance and control surface effort were used to calculate performance metrics. It was found that lower frigate speed, higher UAV speed and wider off-beam location of the capture device all contributed to increased probability of successful recovery.
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2010-098 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
04 Nov 2010
Number of Pages
16
DSTKIM No
CA034146
CANDIS No
533540
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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