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Civil Uses of Remotely Piloted AircraftThe technology effort is identified and assessed that is required to bring the civil uses of RPVs to fruition and to determine whether or not the potential market is real and economically practical, the technologies are within reach, the operational problems are manageable, and the benefits are worth the cost. To do so, the economic, technical, and environmental implications are examined. The time frame is 1980-85. Representative uses are selected; detailed functional and performance requirements are derived for RPV systems; and conceptual system designs are devised. Total system cost comparisons are made with non-RPV alternatives. The potential market demand for RPV systems is estimated. Environmental and safety requirements are examined, and legal and regulatory concerns are identified. A potential demand for 2,000-11,000 RPV systems is estimated. Typical cost savings of 25-35% compared to non-RPV alternatives are determined. There appear to be no environmental problems, and the safety issue appears manageable.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Aderhold, J. R.
(Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
Gordon, G.
(Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
Scott, G. W.
(Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1976
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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