Accession Number : ADA295418

Title :   A Small Autonomous Aircraft for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere. Phase 1.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 1 Aug 94-31 Jan 95,

Corporate Author : INSITU GROUP UNDERWOOD WA

Personal Author(s) : McGeer, Tad

PDF Url : ADA295418

Report Date : 30 MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : In 1992, The Insitu Group began development of a very small, very long-range autonomous aircraft (or aerosonde) for economical meteorological reconnaissance in remote and oceanic regions of the globe. Prototype work was done over the first two years of the program, and in the last half of 1994 the focus moved to development of an aircraft suitable for field trials. All of the necessary components were produced during the Phase I period, including airframe, avionics, powerplant, ground equipment, and software. We are now proceeding toward integrated flight tests, and initial deployment in a meteorological field experiment late in 1995.

Descriptors :   *REMOTE DETECTORS, *METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, AVIONICS, FLIGHT TESTING, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, AIRCRAFT, FIELD TESTS, PROTOTYPES, LONG RANGE(DISTANCE), AIRFRAMES, METEOROLOGY, SELF OPERATION, GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Meteorology
      Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE