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Capabilities Assessment. Land Management and Coastal Zone Dynamics Workshop July 26-27, 2005 Tim Cox, NASA DFRC. Civil UAV Capabilities Assessment. Need: Strategic funding of UAV technology portfolio to efficiently meet future, civil UAV capability requirements.

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Capabilities assessment

Capabilities Assessment

Land Management and Coastal Zone Dynamics Workshop

July 26-27, 2005

Tim Cox, NASA DFRC


Civil uav capabilities assessment

Civil UAV Capabilities Assessment

  • Need: Strategic funding of UAV technology portfolio to efficiently meet future, civil UAV capability requirements.

  • Goal: Develop a Civil UAV Capability Assessment (2015)

    • Primary customer: Sub-Orbital Science Program (Yuhas)

    • Complement DOD roadmap

    • Homeland Security, Commercial, Land Management, Earth Science considered

    • Broad assessment vetted with participating agencies

  • Objectives :

    • Document future missions of civil UAVs based on user defined needs

    • Document the technologies necessary to support those missions

    • Discuss SOA of those technologies, identifying those in progress, those planned, and those for which no current plans exist

    • Provide foundations for a comprehensive civil UAV roadmap


Civil uav capabilities assessment cont d

Civil UAV Capabilities Assessment, cont’d

  • Status:

    • Initial draft version available via web-site:

      http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/research/civuav/index.html

    • Information sources for initial draft based primarily on:

      • Sub-orbital Science Missions of the Future Workshop (Earth Science)

      • personal interviews: U.S. Coast Guard, U. S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, University of Hawaii Dept. of Oceanography

    • Recently completed workshops:

      • Sensor / Power and Propulsion

      • Department of Homeland Security


Civil uav capabilities assessment cont d1

Civil UAV Capabilities Assessment, cont’d

  • Future activity

    • August, 2005 => incorporate Homeland Security, Land Management and Coastal Zone Dynamics information into document

    • August / September, 2005 => begin detailed technical gap analysis

    • March, 2006 => version 1 published and secure interagency commitment

    • October, 2006 => to include commercial perspective, refine technical gap analysis


Summary of findings

Summary of Findings

  • 35 Missions

    • Earth Sciences

    • Firefighting Missions

    • Wildlife Management

  • Capabilities and Technologies

    • 21 Basic Technologies and Capabilities

    • Cross-referenced to Mission Support

    • Economic Benefits

      • Non-recurring costs

      • Recurring costs


Capabilities assessment

Autonomous

Mission Mgmt.

Remote

Bases

Access to

The NAS

All

Weather

Contingency

Management

Precision

Trajectories

Collision

Avoidance

Precision

State Data

UAV Missions

Intell. Vehicle

System Mngmt

Quick

Deployment

Reliable

Flight Systems

Deploy /

Retrieve

Vertical

Profiling

Over-the-Horizon

Communication

Terrain

Avoidance

Outside Cmd.

And Control

High

Availability

Long Range

and Endurance

High

Altitude

Multi-Ship

Operation

Formation

Flight

- PossibleDevelopmentGap

UAV Capabilities

Frequency of Occurrence:

High

Medium

Low


Most frequently derived capabilities

Most Frequently Derived Capabilities

  • Access to the NAS

    • Technology requirements based on expected FAA policy

  • Over-the-Horizon Communication

    • Telepresence

    • Aircraft/Payload/Operator/Observer

  • Outside Command and Control

    • Autonomous with human or other outside Intervention

  • Long Range and Endurance

    • Multi-day missions


New civil uav missions

New Civil UAV missions


Most frequently derived capabilities cont d

Most Frequently Derived Capabilities, cont’d

  • Formation Flight

    • Includes control of daughter ships relative to a mother ship

  • Multi-ship Operation

    • Multiple aircraft under the control of one operator

  • High Altitude

    • Some with Heavy Payloads


Capabilities assessment

Autonomous

Mission Mgmt.

Remote

Bases

Access to

The NAS

All

Weather

Contingency

Management

Precision

Trajectories

Collision

Avoidance

Precision

State Data

UAV Missions

Intell. Vehicle

System Mngmt

Quick

Deployment

Reliable

Flight Systems

Deploy /

Retrieve

Vertical

Profiling

Over-the-Horizon

Communication

Terrain

Avoidance

Outside Cmd.

And Control

High

Availability

Long Range

and Endurance

High

Altitude

Multi-Ship

Operation

Formation

Flight

- PossibleDevelopmentGap

UAV Capabilities

Frequency of Occurrence:

High

Medium

Low


Homeland security preliminary results

Homeland Security Preliminary Results

  • Highly desired UAV capabilities, as in Earth Science community:

    • Access to the airspace

    • OTH network operations

  • More emphasis on all-weather, 24 / 7 capability

  • Covert operations is an additional capability


Workshop objective

Workshop Objective

  • Why are we here?

    • To understand the future needs of your community

    • To collect information that allows us to derive the capabilities in the UAV system pertinent to your requirements

    • Add this information to our growing data base

  • What do we hope to gain?

    • Updates to the capabilities assessment which will aid efficient fundingpolicies of key technologies


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