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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems for Disaster Relief: Tornado AlleyUnmanned aerial vehicle systems are currently in limited use for public service missions worldwide. Development of civil unmanned technology in the United States currently lags behind military unmanned technology development in part because of unresolved regulatory and technological issues. Civil unmanned aerial vehicle systems have potential to augment disaster relief and emergency response efforts. Optimal design of aerial systems for such applications will lead to unmanned vehicles which provide maximum potentiality for relief and emergency response while accounting for public safety concerns and regulatory requirements. A case study is presented that demonstrates application of a civil unmanned system to a disaster relief mission with the intent on saving lives. The concept utilizes unmanned aircraft to obtain advanced warning and damage assessments for tornados and severe thunderstorms. Overview of a tornado watch mission architecture as well as commentary on risk, cost, need for, and design tradeoffs for unmanned aerial systems are provided.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
DeBusk, Wesley M.
(Georgia Inst. of Tech. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
April 6, 2009
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Unmanned Unlimited Conference and Exhibit
Location: Seattle, WA
Start Date: April 6, 2009
End Date: April 9, 2009
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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