Accession Number : ADA301271

Title :   Portable Unmanned Aircraft System Concept Investigation,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Cameron, Keith ; Kowalenko, Victor

PDF Url : ADA301271

Report Date : AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : This report investigates the feasibility of a portable unmanned aircraft system (PUMA) for deployment in various close range (up to 30 km) reconnaissance and surveillance missions, which would provide a capability, estimated to be 50 to 60% of the performance of much larger and significantly more expensive systems. The PUMA would have a total mass of 10-12 kg and a 3 kg electrically powered flying wing configuration, which could be launched by a rubber bungee and captured by either a net or a special arrestor. The primary sensor would be a charge coupled device camera with either a second or third generation image intensifier. Navigation and control of the vehicle could be performed by an inexpensive attitude and heading reference system combined with a small global positioning system receiver. Data would be transmitted over very high frequency channels, which could be accomplished by employing data compression techniques.

Descriptors :   *AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, *DRONE CONTROL AIRCRAFT, CONTROL, DETECTORS, NAVIGATION, MISSIONS, CAMERAS, ARRESTING GEAR, SHORT RANGE(DISTANCE), DATA COMPRESSION, AUSTRALIA, SURVEILLANCE, CHANNELS, VERY HIGH FREQUENCY, IMAGE INTENSIFIERS(ELECTRONICS), CHARGE COUPLED DEVICES.

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE