posted on Apr, 22 2004 @ 02:16 AM
More on the MAV program...
(U) The primary goal of the MAV ACTD program is to further develop and integrate MAV technologies into militarily useful and affordable backpackable
systems suitable for dismounted soldier, marine, and special forces missions. It will focus on the development of MAVs to accomplish unique military
missions, particularly with regard to flight operations in restricted environments. The objective of the MAV ACTD is to demonstrate a backpackable,
affordable, easy-to-operate, and responsive reconnaissance and surveillance system. The system will provide the
small unit with militarily useful, real-time combat information of difficult to observe and/or distant areas or objects. The system will also be
employable in a variety of warfighting environments. For example, it will be beneficial in complex topologies (i.e., mountainous terrain with caves),
heavily forested areas/dense foliage/triple canopy jungle, confined spaces (often internal to buildings) and high concentrations of civilians
(where it may be critical to determine the neutral or hostile intent of a crowd). The initial MAV technology development program focused on the
technologies and components required to enable flight at small scales, including flight control, power and propulsion, navigation and communications.
The MAV ACTD program will also leverage other DARPA technology development efforts, including advanced communications and information systems, high
performance computer technology, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), advanced sensors, advanced electronic packaging technologies, and lightweight,
efficient high-density power sources. This program will be funded from PE
0603766E, Project NET-01 in FY 2004 and FY 2005.
(U) Program Plans:
- Demonstrate electric MAV in military operations in urban terrain exercises and conduct experiments with troops in field trials.
- Evaluate lessons learned and design of diesel MAV.
- Conduct further experiments with troops in the field to complete detailed design of hybrid MAV.
- Conduct experimentation of hybrid MAV; evaluate lessons learned; provide optimum MAV for evaluation.
- Conduct experimentation of optimum MAV and complete final military evaluation.
Very interesting program, indeed.