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Low-cost inflatable lighter-than-air remote surveillance system
Author(s): Jason S. Kiddy; Peter C. Chen; John B. Niemczuk
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Paper Abstract

The force that is able to obtain the greatest amount of information will dominate tomorrow's battlefields. Although battlefield situation information can come from a number of sources, one particularly important segment of intelligence gathering is aerial surveillance. For the small, lightly armed unit in the field, the location and force structure of local enemy troops is critically important. Systems Planning and Analysis has conceived and performed a preliminary analysis of a low-cost, lighter-than-air surveillance system. The preliminary analysis includes the concept definition, a detailed trade study to determine the optimal configuration of the surveillance system, high-pressure inflation tests, and a control analysis. This paper will provide the details in these areas of the design and provide an insight into the feasibility of such a system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4393, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications III, (27 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.441270
Show Author Affiliations
Jason S. Kiddy, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
Peter C. Chen, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)
John B. Niemczuk, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4393:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications III
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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