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Mechanical design and optimization of swarm-capable UAV launch systems

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Authors
Davis, Raymond L.
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Swarm
Swarming
UAV Swarm
UAV
UAV Launcher Design
UAV Launch System Design
UAV Launch and Recovery
Mechanical Design
Itterative Design
Rapid Prototyping
Systems Engineering
Optimization
Advisors
Chung, Timothy H.
Stevens, Mark R.
Date of Issue
2015-06
Date
Jun-15
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This research is an exploration of the mechanical design and optimization of swarm-capable UAV launchers. Fully autonomous swarms are predicted to play a significant role in the future of war fighting, but the capability is currently limited by deficiencies in supporting technologies. Effectively launching a swarm of UAVs requires a departure from existing solutions due to the unique logistical and operational requirements specific to this use-case. This study highlights the systems engineering processes used to provide a solution that met all cost, schedule, and performance requirements for the stakeholders. The end result was the successful development and demonstration of a launching system prototype specifically developed to rapidly launch a high number of UAVs to support the swarming mission.
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Systems Engineering (SE)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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