Accession Number : ADA478713

Title :   The NRL MITE Air Vehicle

Descriptive Note : Conference paper

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Kellogg, James ; Bovais, Christopher ; Dahlburg, Jill ; Foch, Richard ; Gardner, John ; Gordon, Diana ; Hartley, Ralph ; Kamgar-Parsi, Behrooz ; McFarlane, Hugh ; Pipitone, Frank ; Ramamurti, Ravi ; Sciambi, Adam ; Spears, William ; Srull, Donald ; Sullivan, Carol

PDF Url : ADA478713

Report Date : APR 2001

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Micro Air Vehicles "MAVs" offer the promise of affordably expendable, covert sensor platforms for a range of close-in situational awareness activities. Since 1996, the US Naval Research Laboratory "NRL" has been developing technologies that will enable Navy-relevant missions with the smallest practical MAVs. This effort includes the development and integration of sensors, avionics, and advanced intelligent autopilots for flight control, with aerodynamic technologies. The NRL Micro Tactical Expendable "MITE" air vehicle is a result of this research. The operational MITE is a hand-launched, dual-propeller, fixed-wing air vehicle, with a 9-inch chord and a wingspan of 8 to 18 inches, depending on payload weight. The 14-inch MITE 2 can carry a one-ounce analog camera payload for mission flight durations in excess of 20 minutes, at air speeds of 10-20 miles/hour. While the MITE is presently a remote controlled air vehicle, both miniature 'traditional' autopilots and also 'advanced' autopilots, based on visual and spectral imaging techniques, are being developed. Autonomous MITEs will provide inexpensive, covert, highly portable sensor platforms for distribution and use in remote or urban environments. Multiple MITEs will provide distributed networks of roving and fixed sensor systems.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT, *REMOTE CONTROL, *AERODYNAMICS, AVIONICS, PORTABLE EQUIPMENT, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, SPECTRA, FLIGHT, IMAGES, WEIGHT, SELF OPERATION, AWARENESS, AUTOMATIC PILOTS, WINGS, SHORT RANGE(DISTANCE), NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES, COVERT OPERATIONS, MISSIONS, PLATFORMS, INTEGRATION, TIME, PAYLOAD, DETECTORS

Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE