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Pressurized structures-based hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles
Author(s): Harris L. Edge; Ainsmar Brown; Jason Collins
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the initial results of an investigation into building unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with pressurized structures-based (PSB) technologies. Basically, the UAV will be constructed in such a way that a considerable percentage of its weight will be supported by or composed of inflatable structures containing air or helium. PSB technologies can be employed in any number of UAV designs. The goals of this research are to ascertain feasibility of UAV construction using PSB technology and finding methods and designs employing PSB technology to increase vehicle performance for missions of interest to the military.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7692, Unmanned Systems Technology XII, 76921M (7 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850719
Show Author Affiliations
Harris L. Edge, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ainsmar Brown, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Jason Collins, Motile Robotics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7692:
Unmanned Systems Technology XII
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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