Data link development for the Archytas vertical takeoff and landing transitional flight unmanned aerial vehicle
Reichert, Frederick W., Jr.
Shields, Michael K.
Sovereign, Michael G.
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This thesis chronicles the development of a data link for the Archytas, a vertical takeoff and landing, transitional flight unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype being built by the Aeronautics Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. Archytas is intended to be a proof-of-concept platform to satisfy the Navy's real-time, over-the-horizon intelligence mission with a UAV that could be launched and recovered from a small combatant ship. This thesis provides a history of the Archytas command and control data link development, a full description of the data link as delivered for use on the prototype, principles for near term enhancements, and future considerations for the data link should the Archytas concept be adapted for use in an operational combat environment.
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