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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

Tomorrow's battlefields will be dominated by the force that is able to obtain the greatest amount of information. Although battlefield situation information can come from a number of source, 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 of determine the optimal configuration of the surveillance system, high-pressure inflation test, and a flight stability analysis. This paper will provide details in these areas of the design and provide insight into the feasibility of such a system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4743, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications IV, (7 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.447915
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. 4743:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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