294 pages | 48 B/W Illus.
This book provides a complete overview of the theory, design, and applications of unmanned aerial vehicles. It covers the basics, including definitions, attributes, manned vs. unmanned, design considerations, life cycle costs, architecture, components, air vehicle, payload, communications, data link, and ground control stations. Chapters cover types and civilian roles, sensors and characteristics, alternative power, communications and data links, conceptual design, human machine interface, sense and avoid systems, civil airspace issues and integration efforts, navigation, autonomous control, swarming, and future capabilities.
UAS Basics. UAS Types & Civilian Roles. UAS Sensors & Characteristics. Alternative Power. Communications & Data Links. UAS Conceptual Design. Human Machine Interface. Sense and Avoid Systems. UAS Civil Airspace Issues. Civil Airspace Integration Efforts. UAS Navigation. Autonomous Control. UAS Swarming. Future Capabilities.