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  1. Proteus Operational Characteristics Will Bolton wrbolto@sandia.gov

  2. No lost flight opportunities due to aircraft (or payload) maintenance or problems. Proteus was used successfully in FY02 deployment… • Carried operating ARM-UAV payload from Mojave, CA, to • Ponca City, OK, during engineering/transit flight • 12 flights for total of 75 flight hours over 21 days • 4 flights on consecutive days including 8.75 hour flight • 2 hops in one day including refueling and changing out faulty • C-MIGITS in 21 minutes • Non-refueled flights from Ponca City to Colorado/Wyoming border • and Gulf of Mexico and return with several hours on station

  3. Although our choices of aircraft were limited in the wake of 9/11, Proteus is the right aircraft for near-term missions. ARM-UAV Program objectives • The ARM-UAV Program was established to… • Develop measurement techniques and instruments suitable for use • with the new class of small, high altitude, long endurance UAVs • Demonstrate these instruments and measurement techniques in • field measurement campaigns • Support the climate research community with valuable data sets • Foster the development of advanced UAVs… • …while utilizing the most appropriate aircraft at each stage of the program

  4. ARM-UAV has conducted ten major field campaigns GA-ASI “GNAT 750” (F93, S94) Field Campaigns to date: • Fall 1993, Edwards AFB, CA • Spring 1994, Northern OK • Fall 1995, Northern OK • Spring 1996, Northern OK • Fall 1996, Northern OK • Fall 1997, Northern OK • Spring 1999, PMRF Kauai, HI • Summer 1999, Monterey, CA • Winter 2000, Northern OK • Fall 2002, Northern OK Grob “Egrett” (F95, S96) GA-ASI “Altus I” (F96, F97) GA-ASI “Altus II” (Sp99) SCI “Proteus” (F02) Twin Otter (F93, S94, F95, S96, F96, F97, Sp99, Su99, W00)

  5. Proteus modifications for ARM-UAV Stable radiometer platform Boom extension, S-HIS Canard station, CIN Iridium satellite phone Canard station, CAPS Payload pod Iridium satellite data link

  6. Proteus description… • Flight operations in North America, Pacific Rim, Arctic • High altitude platform, altitude record ~ 62,000 ft • Optionally piloted, flight crew of 2 • Wing span 78 ft • Gross weight 12,500 to 14,200 lb • Fuel 5,500 lb • Twin turbofan ,Williams FJ44-2E engines • Long landing gear allows large external payloads • Payload power: 20 to 30 kW • 600 A @ 60,000 ft • Payloads to 6,900 lb

  7. Proteus dimensions…

  8. Proteus performance… • Altitude: 52,000 ft with ARM-UAV payload (thrust limited) • Stall speed: 65 knots • Top speed: 250 knots • Loiter (with ARM-UAV payload): 9 hours @ 1000 nmi radius

  9. Proteus performance…