SKYLARK - A crossbow-launched micro scale cheap UAV for close aerial surveillance

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Alexandru-Marius PANAIT (2012)
  • Publisher: National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli” - INCAS
  • Journal: INCAS Bulletin (issn: 2066-8201, eissn: 2247-4528)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.13111/2066-8201.2012.4.1.7
  • Subject: micro-UAV | aerial surveillance | low-cost aerial surveillance platform | Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics | TL1-4050

Close air support of ground troops especially in densely populated, urban environments has an ever increasing prevalence in the modern warfare. Counter-terrorism activities as well as land-based “surgical strikes” impose a set of special requirements on all the used weapons and equipment so as to minimize weight, cost and complexity and maximize efficiency. Small scale UAVs are in service with all the armed forces around the globe; micro UAVs are emerging as the ground troop close support preferred solution. Endurance and range of these devices is regularly small to very small, and their speed is low. Their small size makes them virtually un-targetable if somewhat still detectable. A new generation of micro-drones is proposed, with a higher speed (up to 350 km/h ground speed averaged) and automatic recovery system. Project SKYLARK consists of a reusable minimal micro-UAV featuring a portable micro-USB camera and an aerodynamically assisted timer-based recovery system.
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