OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH

Finding. No fundamental research issues related to the generation of power aboard UAVs would have to be resolved to enable generation-after-next vehicles.

Although continued development of many prime power technologies would enhance UAV capabilities, most of these technologies will evolve with little or no intervention from the UAV community. Possible exceptions to this are specialized technologies for producing solar-powered HALE UAVs and air-driven or combustion-driven microgenerators that would distribute the power generation function throughout a UAV. The latter technology could be particularly useful in the design of MAVs.



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