Preliminary design and cost analysis of a family of unmanned aerial vehicles

Thomas Zych, Michael S. Selig

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This paper summarizes the results of a study on the design of high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (TJAVs). A review of previous designs revealed that most were point- designs rather than general purpose vehicles, leading to cost inefficiencies. It was therefore determined that efforts should be made to design HALE UAVs that are capable of performing a wide variety of missions. Additionally, it is desirable for these vehicles to be as inexpensive as possible, in order to allow their use by a wider base of customers. In the present study, a family of three mission-configurable HALE vehicles has been designed. Between them, these vehicles span the majority of the payload/endurance requirements of previous designs. In addition, through the use of common parts and subassemblies among the three craft, it is shown that vehicle unit cost can be reduced substantially; perhaps by as much as 25%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication13th Applied Aerodynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781563471230
StatePublished - 1995
Event13th Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 1995 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 19 1995Jun 22 1995

Publication series

Name13th Applied Aerodynamics Conference


Other13th Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 1995
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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