Use of a High-Fidelity UAS Simulation for Design, Testing, Training, and Mission Planning for Operation in Complex Environments
Published Online: 14 JAN 2011
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science
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Barton, J. D., Cybyk, B., Drewry, D. G., Frey, T. M., Funk, B. K., Hawthorne, R. C. and Keane, J. F. 2011. Use of a High-Fidelity UAS Simulation for Design, Testing, Training, and Mission Planning for Operation in Complex Environments. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .
- Published Online: 14 JAN 2011
Today, both military and civilian forces operate Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in mountainous, desert, littoral, and urban areas. The environmental features of these natural and man-made environments (e.g., wind effects coupled with terrain features) can make low-level flight of small air vehicles extremely challenging. Modeling and simulation (M&S) tools can provide design engineers and analysts with a high-fidelity representation of UAS flight in these complex environments where wind gusts and thermally and/or geometrically influenced local vortices are naturally present. An open-architecture modeling toolset, with modular components representing this and other challenges in these types of terrains, such as communications, air vehicle aerodynamic characteristics, autopilots, sensors, and autonomy algorithms, can provide a capability to evaluate performance enhancing technologies (e.g., development of new airframes specifically designed for operations in these chaotic regimes), to conduct realistic operator training, and to perform more accurate mission planning.
- unmanned air systems;
- mission planning;
- complex terrain;
- modeling and simulation tools;
- aerodynamic modeling