Presentation Title

Avionics Research for Long Range Very High Altitude sUAV

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 265

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

The Preliminary Research AerodyNamic Design To Land on Mars (PRANDTL-M) or (PM) is a Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) platform capable of flying in the Martian atmosphere. Flight within the Martian atmosphere is without GPS and magnetic compass capability requiring significant work to be performed on visual navigation, as well as integration with Inertial Navigation Systems. In order to test this design on earth, it must be capable of flying up to 125,000 feet (12,000 ft AGL Mars). Flight at this altitude represents several special problems for both aerodynamic and electrical system designs. This range of the flight envelope is known as the Coffin Corner, due to the tightening range between aerodynamic stall and Critical Mach Number. PM is a virtually untested flight combination resulting from the very compact size, very low Reynolds number, high altitudes and high subsonic speeds. The small physical size of the aircraft severely restricts the power available for on-board systems such as transceivers, servos, flight computer(s), imaging, and science packages. In order to maintain communications with the aircraft and perform the necessary flight maneuvers--during extreme test conditions--a sophisticated ground communication system has been designed in conjunction with on-board power and communication systems.

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Avionics Research for Long Range Very High Altitude sUAV

HUB 265

The Preliminary Research AerodyNamic Design To Land on Mars (PRANDTL-M) or (PM) is a Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) platform capable of flying in the Martian atmosphere. Flight within the Martian atmosphere is without GPS and magnetic compass capability requiring significant work to be performed on visual navigation, as well as integration with Inertial Navigation Systems. In order to test this design on earth, it must be capable of flying up to 125,000 feet (12,000 ft AGL Mars). Flight at this altitude represents several special problems for both aerodynamic and electrical system designs. This range of the flight envelope is known as the Coffin Corner, due to the tightening range between aerodynamic stall and Critical Mach Number. PM is a virtually untested flight combination resulting from the very compact size, very low Reynolds number, high altitudes and high subsonic speeds. The small physical size of the aircraft severely restricts the power available for on-board systems such as transceivers, servos, flight computer(s), imaging, and science packages. In order to maintain communications with the aircraft and perform the necessary flight maneuvers--during extreme test conditions--a sophisticated ground communication system has been designed in conjunction with on-board power and communication systems.