Automated Routing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Report No. ARL-TR-4916
Authors: Edward M. Measure, David Knapp, Terry Jameson, and Andrew Butler
Date/Pages: September 2009; 46 pages
Abstract: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have become a key component of US military power and are likely to have an increasing role in reconnaissance, surveillance, communication and combat. UAS operations are affected by weather and other environmental effects, but usually have less capability to see, react to, and endure adverse environments than manned aircraft. Weather effects thus become a crucial part of both operational planning and execution of UAS missions. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has devised a weather effects tactical decision aid, which uses systems performance parameters, a weather effects database, and observed and predicted meteorological (Met) parameters to plan routes through weather and other hazards to carry out missions with maximum effectiveness and minimal mission risk.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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