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ENHANCING THE ENDURANCE OF THE SWITCHBLADE 300 UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE USING THIN-FILM PHOTOVOLTAICS

dc.contributor.advisorMichael, Sherif N.
dc.contributor.authorValeske, Jared M.
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
dc.contributor.secondreaderCalusdian, James
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-14T04:23:31Z
dc.date.available2023-02-14T04:23:31Z
dc.date.issued2022-12
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has demonstrated the operational benefits of supplementing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with solar power. With limits to energy storage based on aircraft cost and weight, supplementing aircraft power systems with solar technology can meet modern requirements with current technology. The focus of this research is to determine the potential increase in the range and endurance of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) through the inclusion of advanced thin-film flexible solar cells. In lieu of a fully operational test aircraft, the research developed a prototype solar enhanced Switchblade 300 using comparable components and a production Switchblade 300 airframe to conduct real world experimentation in the feasibility of solar enhancement. The research also extrapolated empirical data to estimate the effects of solar enhancement on similar Group 1 UAS. A 23.7% increase in endurance was achieved on the prototype solar enhanced Switchblade 300 and a more than 83.3% increase is feasible using higher efficiency solar cells. More than a 108% increase is theoretically feasible for the Switchblade 600 UAV based on scaled empirical data. These findings indicate that current production small electric tube-launched UAS have significant potential for improvement and could leverage future advances in solar technology to gain significant technological advantages for the warfighter.en_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release. Distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Marine Corpsen_US
dc.identifier.curriculumcode590, Electronic Systems Engineering
dc.identifier.thesisid38284
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/71558
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis 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.en_US
dc.subject.authorsolaren_US
dc.subject.authordroneen_US
dc.subject.authorCIGSen_US
dc.subject.authorthin-filmen_US
dc.subject.authorphotovoltaicen_US
dc.subject.authorunmanned aerial vehicleen_US
dc.subject.authorUAVen_US
dc.subject.authorunmanned aircraft systemen_US
dc.subject.authorUASen_US
dc.subject.authorSwitchbladeen_US
dc.titleENHANCING THE ENDURANCE OF THE SWITCHBLADE 300 UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE USING THIN-FILM PHOTOVOLTAICSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineElectrical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Electrical Engineeringen_US
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