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dc.contributor.advisorCarlson, Ronald
dc.contributor.advisorGehris, Rama
dc.contributor.authorFahed, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorGray, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorHassen, Ismail
dc.contributor.authorLofy, Steven
dc.contributor.authorMashfiquzzaman, Abu
dc.contributor.authorMelnyk, Michael
dc.contributor.authorSkalamera, Nick
dc.contributor.authorTodd, Andrew
dc.dateMar-18
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-01T20:10:00Z
dc.date.available2018-06-01T20:10:00Z
dc.date.issued2018-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/58366
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited
dc.description.abstractThe RQ-21A unmanned aerial system must be able to launch and recover independent from any runway or leveled surface. The current RQ-21A STUAS recovery system (SRS) has been deemed deficient by Program Management Authority 263, because it is incapable of recovering the air vehicle at its maximum weight and commonly causes damage to the air vehicle, payloads, and/or the SRS. This project conducted an analysis of alternatives to compare the SRS, VTOL, SideArm, FLARES, and Net Capture recovery systems based on performance, cost, and risks. The VTOL and SideArm are recommended as potential replacements because they outperform the RQ-21A SRS and other alternatives in performance, cost, and risk. Replacing the current SRS with VTOL or SideArm would reduce the amount and frequency of damage to the air vehicle, increase performance, and reduce life-cycle costs. SideArm and VTOL have performance values of 0.809 and 0.766, respectively. FLARES, Net Capture, and the SRS have substantially lower performance values of 0.453, 0.448, and 0.005. The total life cycle costs of the VTOL and SideArm are substantially lower, $758 and $759 million, compared to the other systems, which range from $913 to $1,034 million.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/analysisoflterna1094558366
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United Statesen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleAnalysis of alternative recovery systems for the RQ-21A blackjacken_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSystems Engineering (SE)
dc.subject.authorRQ-21A
dc.subject.authorInsitu
dc.subject.authoranalysis of alternatives
dc.subject.authorperformance analysis
dc.subject.authorrecovery system
dc.subject.authorsmall tactical unmanned aerial system (STUAS)
dc.subject.authorunmanned air vehicle (UAV)
dc.subject.authorvertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)
dc.subject.authorSideArm
dc.subject.authorNet Capture
dc.subject.authorArcturus JUMP
dc.subject.authorFLARES
dc.subject.authorSRS
dc.subject.authorPMA 263
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Systems Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSystems Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate School
dc.identifier.thesisid30436


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