Submitting Campus

Worldwide

Department

Department of Graduate Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication/Presentation Date

3-2016

Abstract/Description

Factors influencing aerodynamics involved in aerial refueling illustrate the potential for specialist operators to manage these operations for remotely piloted vehicles. The authors review aerodynamic characteristics of uninhabited aerial systems during refueling, drogue and boom design and associated flight dynamics, cognitive factors associated with control transfer and refueling, and affective components and their influence on decision making and operator performance. Attention is directed to cognitive loading and encoding challenges, with considerations for hippocampal mapping and hemispheric asymmetry. Implications for system state awareness are examined. Advantages for specially trained refueling pilot operators are discussed and recommendations given for areas of concentration.

Publication Title

Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science and Technology

Publisher

JMEST

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