and controls. Because of the wide variety of possible configurations and missions for UAVs, the committee decided to use notional UAV classifications based on general attributes to identify technical needs for the broad range of potential applications. The committee identified three notional vehicle types indicative of the range of technologies that would support general advances in the USAF’s capability of designing, producing, and fielding generation-after-next UAVs. The notional vehicle types were:

  • high-speed, maneuverable (HSM) vehicles

  • HALE vehicles

  • very low-cost vehicles

Chapter 2 describes the technology needs of the integrated vehicle for each notional UAV classification based on a “systems engineering” approach to air vehicle development. Chapters 3 through 7 identify critical technologies and long-term research opportunities for each major UAV platform subsystem. Chapter 8 summarizes these research opportunities.



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