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dc.contributor.advisorMichael, Sherif
dc.contributor.authorCarey, Seamus B.
dc.dateJune 2014
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-13T20:17:32Z
dc.date.available2014-08-13T20:17:32Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/42594
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractPrior research has shown that the endurance of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) can be significantly extended using thin film photovoltaic cells. The different power requirements of the RQ-11B Raven variants are explored in this thesis, and it is demonstrated that a CuInGaS2 (CIGS) solar array adhered to the wing of an RQ-11B not only extends the flight time but also expands the payload capacity of the platform. Power requirements and existing endurance of the digital variant of the RQ-11B were measured to establish a baseline of the platform’s performance and validate previous research. A modular wing with an integrated CIGS array was then designed and constructed to be incorporated with the existing power circuitry of the platform. The baseline tests were repeated to determine the power generated by the array and supplied to the digital RQ-11B. It was shown that a solar integrated RQ-11B has a larger payload capacity and extended endurance, while still maintaining the modular and expeditionary nature of the existing platform. The concept of this research may be applied to all unmanned aerial platforms in order to expand their power generation to operate simultaneous or demanding payloads without stressing the existing power supply.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/increasingendura1094542594
dc.publisherMonterey, California: 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. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleIncreasing the endurance and payload capacity of unmanned aerial vehicles with thin-film photovoltaicsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderHernandez, Alejandro S.
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical Engineering
dc.subject.authorRavenen_US
dc.subject.authorRQ-11Ben_US
dc.subject.authorUAVen_US
dc.subject.authorSolar Poweren_US
dc.subject.authorCIGSen_US
dc.subject.authorThin Film Photovoltaicen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Electrical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineElectrical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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