AIAA-2004-6836-969 - AIAA 2004-6836 USAF Developmental Test...

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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 1 The Development of a Hands-on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Remotely Piloted Vehicle John L. Minor * and Russell G. Adelgren USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA 93524 USA David P. Warner and Jason C. Doster § 452 nd Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, CA 93523 USA The United States Air Force (UASF) Test Pilot School, the Engineering Directorate, and the 452nd Flight Test Squadron all within the 412 th Test Wing of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, have teamed together to develop an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight test training course. This paper briefly describes the development of the course and presents the major elements of the course. I. Introduction HE outstanding performance of U.S. UAVs in recent campaigns has been front line news all over the world. Because of UAV successes, Pentagon officials expect to triple spending on unmanned aircraft over the next 7 years, using them to perform what it calls “dangerous, dirty and just plain dull missions.” Those tasks include attacking enemy radar and missile sites, as well as conducting surveillance missions that last for many hours— missions that human crews would find tedious. A Defense Department report released recently said the Pentagon plans to invest $10 billion by the end of the decade in unmanned aircraft capable of a variety of combat missions, increasing the total number of UAVs, under development and in operational use, significantly. 1 All of these new UAVs will require flight test and evaluation to determine their mission readiness before being fielded to the warfighter. The Air Force Flight Test Center, while best known for its testing of manned aircraft such as the F-16 Falcon , the F/A-22 Raptor , and the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter , also has a rich history and extensive experience testing remotely piloted drones, cruise missiles, and UAVs. The test and evaluation of UAVs poses some unique technical and safety challenges for fight testers. Over the years, AFFTC testers working on programs such as the Medium Range UAV, the Darkstar, the Predator, the Global Hawk, and the X-45 have gained valuable UAV flight test experience and have overcome many obstacles along the way. Now, that wealth of valuable experience will be shared with others in a formal UAV flight test and evaluation training course. The 412th Test Wing’s Engineering Directorate, the USAF Test Pilot School, and the 452nd Flight Test Squadron are jointly developing a UAV flight test course to meet the needs of testers who will be evaluating the performance of these new weapons systems. While there are numerous other courses out there that teach the history of UAVs and the academics of UAV technology, this course will be different by focusing on the flight testing aspects. In addition to offering academics covering all aspects of UAV specifics and UAV-payload technology, students in this course will get hands-on
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2012 for the course AFGC-UF 4001 taught by Professor Fielding during the Spring '11 term at Hawaii Pacific.

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