Mechanical design and optimization of swarm-capable UAV launch systems
Davis, Raymond L.
Chung, Timothy H.
Stevens, Mark R.
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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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