Introduction to UAV Systems

ISBN-10: 1119978661
ISBN-13: 9781119978664
Edition: 4th 2012
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List price: $80.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 8/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 306
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been widely adopted in the military world over the last decade and the success of these military applications is increasingly driving efforts to establish unmanned aircraft in non-military roles.Introduction to UAV Systems, 4th edition provides a comprehensive introduction to all of the elements of a complete Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). It addresses the air vehicle, mission planning and control, several types of mission payloads, data links and how they interact with mission performance, and launch and recovery concepts. This book provides enough information to encourage a student to learn more; to provide a specialist with a basic appreciation of the technical issues that drive other parts of the system and interact with their specialty; or to help a program manager understand system-level tradeoffs and know what questions to ask.  Key features:Comprehensive overview of all elements of a UAS and of how they interact.Introduces the underlying concepts of key subsystems.Emphasizes system-integration issues and how they relate to subsystem design choices.Practical discussion of issues informed by lessons learned in UAV programs.Introduction to UAV Systems, 4th edition is written both for newcomers to the subject and for experienced members of the UAV community who desire a comprehensive overview at the system level.As well as being a primary text for an introductory course on UAS or a supplementary text in a course that goes into more depth in one of the individual technologies involved in a UAS, this book is a useful overview for practicing engineers, researchers, managers, and consultants interested in UAV systems.

Preface
Series Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Introduction
History and Overview
Overview
History
Early History
The Vietnam War
Resurgence
Joint Operations
Desert Storm
Bosnia
Afghanistan and Iraq
Overview of UAV Systems
Air Vehicle
Mission Planning and Control Station
Launch and Recovery Equipment
Payloads
Data Links
Ground Support Equipment
The Aquila
Aquila Mission and Requirements
Air Vehicle
Ground Control Station
Launch and Recovery
Payload
Other Equipment
Summary
References
Classes and Missions of UAVs
Overview
Examples of UAV Systems
Very Small UAVs
Small UAVs
Medium UAVs
Large UAVs
Expendable UAVs
Classes of UAV Systems
Classification by Range and Endurance
Informal Categories of Small UAV Systems by Size
The Tier System
Another Classification Change
Missions
Reference
The Air Vehicle
Basic Aerodynamics
Overview
Basic Aerodynamic Equations
Aircraft Polar
The Real Wing and Airplane
Induced Drag
The Boundary Layer
Flapping Wings
Total Air-Vehicle Drag
Summary
References
Bibliography
Performance
Overview
Climbing Flight
Range
Range for a Propeller-Driven Aircraft
Range for a Jet-Propelled Aircraft
Endurance
Endurance for a Propeller-Driven Aircraft
Endurance for a Jet-Propelled Aircraft
Gliding Flight
Summary
Stability and Control
Overview
Stability
Longitudinal Stability
Lateral Stability
Dynamic Stability
Summary
Control
Aerodynamic Control
Pitch Control
Lateral Control
Autopilots
Sensor
Controller
Actuator
Airframe Control
Inner and Outer Loops
Flight-Control Classification
Overall Modes of Operation
Sensors Supporting the Autopilot
Propulsion
Overview
Thrust Generation
Powered Lift
Sources of Power
The Two-Cycle Engine
The Rotary Engine
The Gas Turbine
Electric Motors
Sources of Electrical Power
Loads and Structures
Overview
Loads
Dynamic Loads
Materials
Sandwich Construction
Skin or Reinforcing Materials
Resin Materials
Core Materials
Construction Techniques
Mission Planning and Control
Mission Planning and Control Station
Oerview
MPCS Architecture
Local Area Networks
Elements of a LAN
Levels of Communication
Bridges and Gateways
Physical Configuration
Planning and Navigation
Planning
Navigation and Target Location
MPCS Interfaces
Air Vehicle and Payload Control
Overview
Modes of Control
Piloting the Air Vehicle
Remote Piloting
Autopilot-Assisted Control
Complete Automation
Summary
Controlling Payloads
Signal Relay Payloads
Atmospheric, Radiological, and Environmental Monitoring
Imaging and Pseudo-Imaging Payloads
Controlling the Mission
Autonomy
Payloads
Reconnaissance/Surveillance Payloads
Overview
Imaging Sensors
Target Detection, Recognition, and Identification
The Search Process
Other Considerations
Stabilization of the Line of Sight
References
Bibliography
Weapon Payloads
Overview
History of Lethal Unmanned Aircraft
Mission Requirements for Armed Utility UAVs
Design Issues Related to Carriage and Delivery of Weapons
Payload Capacity
Structural Issues
Electrical Interfaces
Electromagnetic Interference
Launch Constraints for Legacy Weapons
Safe Separation
Data Links
Other Issues Related to Combat Operations
Signature Reduction
Autonomy
Reference
Other Payloads
Overview
Radar
General Radar Considerations
Synthetic Aperture Radar
Electronic Warfare
Chemical Detection
Nuclear Radiation Sensors
Meteorological Sensors
Pseudo-Satellites
Data Links
Data-Link Functions and Attributes
Overview
Background
Data-Link Functions
Desirable Data-Link Attributes
Worldwide Availability
Resistance to Unintentional Interference
Low Probability of Intercept (LPI)
Security
Resistance to Deception
Anti-ARM
Anti-Jam
Digital Data Links
System Interface Issues
Mechanical and Electrical
Data-Rate Restrictions
Control-Loop Delays
Interoperability, Interchangeability, and Commonality
Reference
Data-Link Margin
Overview
Sources of Data-Link Margin
Transmitter Power
Antenna Gain
Processing Gain
Definition of AJ Margin
Jammer Geometry
System Implications of AJ Capability
Anti-Jam Uplinks
Propagation
Obstruction of the Propagation Path
Atmospheric Absorption
Precipitation Losses
Data-Link Signal-to-Noise Budget
References
Data-Rate Reduction
Overview
Compression Versus Truncation
Video Data
Non-Video Data
Location of the Data-Rate Reduction Function
References
Data-Link Tradeoffs
Overview
Basic Tradeoffs
Pitfalls of "Putting Off� Data-Link Issues
Future Technology
Launch and Recovery
Launch Systems
Overview
Basic Considerations
UAV Launch Methods for Fixed-Wing Vehicles
Rail Launchers
Pneumatic Launchers
Hydraulic/Pneumatic Launchers
Zero Length RATO Launch of UAVs
Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAV Launch
Recovery Systems
Overview
Conventional Landings
Vertical Net Systems
Parachute Recovery
VTOL UAVs
Mid-Air Retrieval
Shipboard Recovery
Launch and Recovery Tradeoffs
UAV Launch Method Tradeoffs
Recovery Method Tradeoffs
Overall Conclusions
Index

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