Weather Impacts on the Aerostar Unmanned Aircraft System Based on Climatology over the U.S./Mexico Border

Report No. ARL-TR-4055
Authors: Barbara Sauter
Date/Pages: March 2007; 60 pages
Abstract: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) are becoming more prevalent performing both military and non-military functions. One potential function for a UAS is monitoring along the U.S./Mexico border. This report documents the percentage of time various weather parameters might be expected to degrade the performance of an Aerostar or similar UAS over the border regions based primarily on Advanced Climate Modeling and Environmental Simulations (ACMES) modeled climatology as well as other climatology data from the Air Force Combat Climatology Center (AFCCC). Many details are provided on the probability of Aerostar weather limitations being exceeded for specific border locations, months, and times of day. Similar inputs could be used in the future to run an automated decision aid to assist in long-term planning for effective use of particular UAS types, locations, and purposes.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: March 1, 2007