Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems for Disaster Relief : Tornado Alley
- DeBusk, Wesley M.
- April 06, 2009.
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- 1 electronic document
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- Unmanned aerial vehicle systems are currently in limited use for public service missions worldwide. Development of civil unmanned technology in the United States currently lags behind military unmanned technology development in part because of unresolved regulatory and technological issues. Civil unmanned aerial vehicle systems have potential to augment disaster relief and emergency response efforts. Optimal design of aerial systems for such applications will lead to unmanned vehicles which provide maximum potentiality for relief and emergency response while accounting for public safety concerns and regulatory requirements. A case study is presented that demonstrates application of a civil unmanned system to a disaster relief mission with the intent on saving lives. The concept utilizes unmanned aircraft to obtain advanced warning and damage assessments for tornados and severe thunderstorms. Overview of a tornado watch mission architecture as well as commentary on risk, cost, need for, and design tradeoffs for unmanned aerial systems are provided.
- Other Subject(s):
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20090036330.
AIAA Unmanned Unlimited Conference and Exhibit; 6-9 Apr. 2009; Seattle, WA.
- Copyright, Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights.
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