Design and analysis of an unmanned cargo transport aerial vehicle

Ibrahim, S, Ladani, R and Bil, C 2013, 'Design and analysis of an unmanned cargo transport aerial vehicle', in Noel Martin (ed.) Proceedings of 15th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC15), Melbourne, Australia, 25-28 February 2013, pp. 85-96.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Design and analysis of an unmanned cargo transport aerial vehicle
Author(s) Ibrahim, S
Ladani, R
Bil, C
Year 2013
Conference name AIAC15 -15th Australian International Aerospace Congress
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 25-28 February 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of 15th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC15)
Editor(s) Noel Martin
Publisher Australian International Aerospace Congress
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 85
End page 96
Total pages 12
Abstract This paper presents the L-12 Wallaby, a design solution proposed for a humanitarian response unmanned aircraft vehicle, capable of delivering supplies to disaster-affected areas. The L-12 configuration selected is a tiltrotor system with VTOL capability, which is necessary for an aircraft operating from a disaster-affected zone where the terrain may not be suitable for CTOL. This capability inherently increases the multi-role performance of the aircraft. Since most of the aircraft’s mission is spent in fixed-wing cruise configuration, the aircraft was optimized as a fixed-wing vehicle with rotorcraft capabilities specific only for VTOL. Because of the high complexity involved in unmanned aircraft systems, various selected functionalities such as a simplified cargo loading/unloading system were designed into the aircraft to ensure a high mission success rate. In the presence of each design-oriented decision made, careful assessment was made to ensure potential multi-functional uses of the aircraft, including cargo delivery to ships, oil platforms, remote stations, etc.
Subjects Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Cargo UAV
design
humanitarian relief
aircraft sizing
aircraft performance
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