Modify the Ship, Not the Vehicle

Lynch, Robert A.
September 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Sep2003, Vol. 129 Issue 9, p46
Conference Proceeding
For better or for worse, sooner or later, navy air in the U.S. will be upset by unmanned systems. To begin this transition sooner and in a better fashion, the pivotal need is an automated recovery system aboard surface ships to permit operation of high-performance, fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles. Many ideas have not been pursued and deployed in the fleet for a variety of reasons: short range, small payload, low speed, high risk to the pilot and ship, high maintenance, special pilot skills required, weather sensitivity, short life, high initial cost, high operating cost, noise, complexity, or low growth potential.


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