Feasibility analysis and prototyping of a fast autonomous recon system
Torres, Marcus A.
Yakimenko, Oleg A.
Papoulias, Fotis A.
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The United States Marine Corps (USMC) would like to have real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data about a landing zone (LZ) prior to the aircraft entering its terminal phase of flight. This thesis provides a feasibility analysis and prototyping of a fast autonomous recon system. Field tests were conducted in the Mojave Desert using a delivery system (1/2 scale Patriot Missile rocket kit) and two aerodynamic test sets (ATS); the delivery system and test sets were constructed by modifying commercial-off-the-shelf products. Two launches were conducted; the data obtained from the altimeters determined that the ATSs experienced large amounts of g-force upon their initial acceleration and landing. The use of a missile or rocket to propel the system will allow for increased range and extended on-station time. Additionally, the Fast Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (FASTISR) system could be used to increase the flexibility of certain units that require ISR on their missions, instead of waiting for in-theater assets. Utilizing a missile or rocket does come with some increased risks The FASTISR system must be designed and built to withstand the increased g-forces. The conclusion is that the USMC could employ such a technology.
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