Development and testing of an unmanned air vehicle telemetry system.
Wilhelm, Kevin Thomas
Howard, Richard M.
Schmidt, Louis V.
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Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV's) provide a low-cost, low-maintenance, and effective platform upon which experimentation can be performed to validate conceptual aerodynamic ideas. However, the UAV flight test data acquisition process is complex and requires a reliable recording system for post-flight data analysis. The thrust of this thesis was the development, construction, and validation of a viable telemetry system for data gathering and processing. Major areas of focus were: integration of the telemetry into a 1/8-scale model, radio-controlled F-16A airplane; telemetry circuitry optimization; recording and display of instrumented parameters; and data reduction techniques necessary to obtain useful information. A test flight was flown and data were gathered using a steady-heading side-slip maneuver to demonstrate successful integration of all supporting elements.