UAV mothership

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A project by a team of students for a small UAV aircraft carrier. Found at the dtic website: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a518429.pdf

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An interesting design. One thing they could have done / suggested is having the launchers longitudinally stacked, considering that the height or prop diameter of something like a ScanEagle is far smaller than the wingspan. Have them jack up pneumatically to allow aircraft to get under them and into launch position and you could probably have a dozen launchers in the same space.
 
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