System Level Airworthiness Tool: A Comprehensive Approach to Small Unmanned Aircraft System Airworthiness.

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Nelson Couch, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Stephen Cook, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Paul Ro, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Ashok Gopalarathnam, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Charles E. Hall Jr., Committee Chair en_US Burke, David Alexander en_US 2010-08-19T18:15:35Z 2010-08-19T18:15:35Z 2010-04-30 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03032010-142548 en_US
dc.description.abstract One of the pillars of aviation safety is assuring sound engineering practices through airworthiness certification. As Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) grow in popularity, the need for airworthiness standards and verification methods tailored for UAS becomes critical. While airworthiness practices for large UAS may be similar to manned aircraft, it is clear that small UAS require a paradigm shift from the airworthiness practices of manned aircraft. Although small in comparison to manned aircraft these aircraft are not merely remote controlled toys. Small UAS may be complex aircraft flying in the National Airspace System (NAS) over populated areas for extended durations and beyond line of sight of the operators. A comprehensive systems engineering framework for certifying small UAS at the system level is needed. This work presents a point based tool that evaluates small UAS by rewarding good engineering practices in design, analysis, and testing. The airworthiness requirements scale with vehicle size and operational area, while allowing flexibility for new technologies and unique configurations. en_US
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dc.subject Safety Engineering en_US
dc.subject System Engineering en_US
dc.subject Point Based Tool en_US
dc.subject Unmanned Aircraft Systems en_US
dc.subject Airworthiness en_US
dc.subject Safety of Flight en_US
dc.title System Level Airworthiness Tool: A Comprehensive Approach to Small Unmanned Aircraft System Airworthiness. en_US PhD en_US dissertation en_US Aerospace Engineering en_US

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