CIVIL USES OF REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT

The economic, technical, and environmental implications of remotely piloted vehicles (RVP) are examined. The time frame is 1980-85. Representative uses are selected; detailed functional and performance requirements are derived for RPV systems; and conceptual system designs are devised. Total system cost comparisons are made with non-RPV alternatives. The potential market demand for RPV systems is estimated. Environmental and safety requirements are examined, and legal and regulatory concerns are identified. A potential demand for 2,000-11,000 RVP systems is estimated. Typical cost savings of 25 to 35% compared to non-RPV alternatives are determined. There appear to be no environmental problems, and the safety issue appears manageable. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lockheed Missiles and Space Company Incorporated

    Research and Development Division
    Sunnyvale, CA  United States  94088
  • Authors:
    • Aderhold, J R
    • Gordon, G
    • Scott, G W
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00151566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-137896 Summ Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NAS2-8935
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM