UAV sensor and survivability issues

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This report discusses the most significant tradeoffs between the operating altitude and the complexity and cost of UAVs and sensors. Low altitudes allow less complex, smaller sensors and platforms, but are vulnerable to ground fire. High altitudes require more numerous and capable sensors, but provide wider swaths for more rapid coverage and reduced vulnerability to ground fire. It is shown that for mission requirements and air defenses that higher is not necessarily better and that optimal flight altitudes exist that can be determined analytically.

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15 p.

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Canavan, G.H. July 1, 1996.

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This report discusses the most significant tradeoffs between the operating altitude and the complexity and cost of UAVs and sensors. Low altitudes allow less complex, smaller sensors and platforms, but are vulnerable to ground fire. High altitudes require more numerous and capable sensors, but provide wider swaths for more rapid coverage and reduced vulnerability to ground fire. It is shown that for mission requirements and air defenses that higher is not necessarily better and that optimal flight altitudes exist that can be determined analytically.

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15 p.

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OSTI as DE96014569

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  • Other Information: PBD: Jul 1996

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  • Other: DE96014569
  • Report No.: LA-UR--96-2788
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/366505 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 366505
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc674553

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Canavan, G.H. UAV sensor and survivability issues, report, July 1, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc674553/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.