EXPEDITIONARY LOGISTICS: A LOW-COST, DEPLOYABLE, UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM FOR AIRFIELD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
Davis, Nicholas J.
Prince, Charles D.
McCarrin, Michael R.
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Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) is among the most important expeditionary activities for our military. The goal of ADR is to restore a damaged airfield to operational status as quickly as possible. Before the process of ADR can begin, however, the damage to the airfield needs to be assessed. As a result, Airfield Damage Assessment (ADA) has received considerable attention. Often in a damaged airfield, there is an expectation of unexploded ordnance, which makes ADA a slow, difficult, and dangerous process. For this reason, it is best to make ADA completely unmanned and automated. Additionally, ADA needs to be executed as quickly as possible so that ADR can begin and the airfield restored to a usable condition. Among other modalities, tower-based monitoring and remote sensor systems are often used for ADA. There is now an opportunity to investigate the use of commercial-off-the-shelf, low-cost, automated sensor systems for automatic damage detection. By developing a combination of ground-based and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sensor systems, we demonstrate the completion of ADA in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner.
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