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Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

2007

Uninhabited combat aerial vehicles--Automatic control--Computer simulation

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Wide Area Search And Engagement Simulation Validation, Michael J. Marlin Mar 2007

Wide Area Search And Engagement Simulation Validation, Michael J. Marlin

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As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) increase in capability, the ability to refuel them in the air is becoming more critical. Aerial refueling will extend the range, shorten the response times, and extend loiter time of UAVs. Executing aerial refueling autonomously will reduce the command and control, logistics, and training efforts associated with fielding UAV systems. Currently, the Air Force Research Lab is researching the various technologies required to conduct automated aerial refueling (AAR). One of the required technologies is the ability to autonomously rendezvous with the tanker. The goal of this research is to determine the control required to fly ...