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Optimizing The Medium-Range, Remotely-Piloted-Vehicle Reconnaissance System
Author(s): Charles M. Ungermann
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Paper Abstract

Northrop's Medium-Range, Remotely-Piloted-Vehicle (MRRPV) reconnaissance system is designed to provide today's tactical commanders with useful high-resolution imagery without risking lives or high-value assets. The system consists of remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), mission payloads, a mission control station (MCS), relay pod, launch and recovery equipment, and associated support equipment. Military requirements for the MRRPV system identified the need for an effective balance among performance, cost, supportability, availability, and the timely development and fielding of the system. This balance was achieved by conducting trade studies that evaluated the many options against the critical performance, cost, and operational requirements. The trade studies resulted in the selection of an optimal system; i.e., a system characterized by low recurring, life-cycle, and development costs; minimum development schedule; performance that meets or exceeds requirements; and maximum reliability, supportability, and availability. Specifically, these trade studies were conducted to define the following MRRPV system components:

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 1988
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0833, Airborne Reconnaissance XI, (19 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942263
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Charles M. Ungermann, Northrop Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0833:
Airborne Reconnaissance XI
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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