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Accession Number ADA562365
Title X-HALE: Designing the Atmospheric Surveillance Platforms of the Future.
Publication Date 2011
Media Count 5p
Personal Author C. M. Shearer
Abstract Imagine the benefits that battlefield commanders or intelligence analysts could derive from an airborne surveillance platform that would carry a 500-pound payload, operate above the range of small arms fire, remain on station for weeks or even years, cost much less than a satellite, and relocate around the globe to a new region of interest within a couple of weeks. Realizing this concept, known as a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) aircraft, is a 10-to-15-year goal of researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). In order to reach this goal, those researchers are following a developmental path similar to the one the Wright brothers used over a century ago by gathering new test data and building theoretical formulations for this aircraft. The brothers discovery that the existing aeronautical data of the day was inaccurate proved key to their success. Indeed, Wilbur Wright even wrote that having set out with absolute faith in the existing scientific data, we were driven to doubt one thing after another, until finally, after two years of experiment, we cast it all aside, and decided to rely entirely upon our own investigations.
Keywords Aerial reconnaissance
Air force research
Artificial satellites
Experimental data
High altitude
Long range(Time)
Military aircraft
Military commanders

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51C - Aircraft
74F - Military Intelligence
Corporate Author Air Univ., Maxwell AFB, AL. Air Force Research Inst.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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