ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Apr 5, 2006
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flateric said:Seems, Finally, all UAVs and UCAVs are closing to several, limited number, universal shapes...
Just call me Ray said:UAVs can do fantastic aerial maneuvers (at least theoretically) which is the type of flight regime that does lend to a variety of aerodynamic shapes, but to start off with the AI just isn't here yet and frankly it's much easier to achieve air-to-air kills "on the ground,"
AeroFranz said:Just call me Ray said:UAVs can do fantastic aerial maneuvers (at least theoretically) which is the type of flight regime that does lend to a variety of aerodynamic shapes, but to start off with the AI just isn't here yet and frankly it's much easier to achieve air-to-air kills "on the ground,"
Ray, there are more reasons why we may never see ultra-maneuverable (as opposed to super-maneuverable) UAVs - it may not make sense. The structural weight penalty required to pull the g's ends up penalising other aspects (payload/range). I am not very good with structures, but if you look at conceptual design weight methods, the weight of structural components is proportional to the load factor elevated to a power between .25 and .6. So I think it adds up pretty quickly.
Also, you can probably get more maneuvering energy in a short range missile than in any UAV airframe.
Just my two cents
Bill Sweetman said:The long wing clearly had much in common with the company’s SensorCraft design (which was unexpectedly revealed in model form at the 2005 Avalon air show in Australia).
Clioman said:Looks more like a water-cooled vickers, ca. 1916.
BTW, I hope everyone knows that this particular image was generated by the AF Research Laboratory, and is entirely notional, i.e., that it does not represent any real, proposed or anticipated aircraft...
Matej said:It was flight tested in 1994 when McDonnell Douglas was still McDonnell Douglas. After merging with the Boeing the idea was developed further, with the peak interest in 2001 -2002 timeframe.
Matej said:That's an interesting point! I never realized that because I have mostly the top views, where the exact shape of the wing is not so clear. It means that the Boeing's take on the sensorcrafts comes from the EX, while MDD work on the Project Diamond has better connection to the morphing aircraft structures.
flateric said:Matej, which tunnel it came from? I see guys regularly updating stuff there - that's great!
Deino said:But it looks like having a pilot/cockpit ! ???