Date of Award
Master of Science in Systems Engineering
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
David R. Jacques, PhD
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is a high-demand Department of Defense mission performed by unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at the tactical and theater levels. Coordinating UASs through cooperative control offers the advantages of persistence, distributed and adaptable sensor coverage, and reduced revisit time on points of interest. The purpose of this thesis is to apply systems engineering principles to the problem of developing a flexible, common control system for cooperative UAS surveillance at the tactical level. The AFIT team developed a concept of operations (CONOPS) encompassing various users and surveillance tasks. The team then used the scenarios in the CONOPS to build a conceptual architecture. Concurrently, the team constructed a developmental test system that closely resembled the architecture and successfully conducted flight tests of multiple aircraft. The team then used this architecture and the prototype system to identify significant technical risks and future research areas to be explored prior to the development of an operational system.
DTIC Accession Number
Diamond, Theodore T.; Rutherford, Adam L.; and Taylor, Jonathan B., "Cooperative Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Control System Architecture" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2517.