Department of Graduate Studies
The need to refuel in-flight has become a significant part of military strategy for air forces to work at further distances from safe shores. The use of Unmanned Vehicles is increasing and expected to be the principal part of military deployment. This paper will address the concepts and requirements for applying refueling unmanned vehicles in a military context for supporting fixed and rotor aircraft. Design aspects of human factors in the process are considered, reviewed and solutions proposed to allow for the first generation of designs to be developed. Furthermore, the practical and operational limitations will be addressed as part of the human factors implications. Finally, the design parameters are proposed for the first stage developments to achieve Unmanned Vehicle refueling.
Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering
OMICS Publishing Group
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McAndrew, I. R., & Witcher, K. (2013). Design Considerations and Requirements for In-Flight Refueling of Unmanned Vehicles. Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering, 2(2). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/publication/825