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Aerospace 2015, 2(2), 189-202;

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research Opportunities

School of Engineering, University of South Australia, Adelaide 5001, Australia
Joint and Operations Analysis Division, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Canberra 2601, Australia 
Academic Editor: Rafic Ajaj
Received: 30 January 2015 / Revised: 15 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 27 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unmanned Aerial Systems 2015)
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The aerospace community is planning for growth in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) funding and research opportunities. The premise that UAS will revolutionize aerospace appears to be unfolding based on current trends. There is also an anticipation of an increasing number of new platforms and research investment, which is likely but must be analysed carefully to determine where the opportunities lie. This paper draws on the state of technology, history and systems engineering. We explore what aspects of UAS will be the result of aerospace science advances and what aspects will be incremental engineering and systems integration. It becomes apparent that, for academia, the largest opportunities may exist in small and micro UAS domain due to the novelty of aerospace engineering on a small scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial system (UAS); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); research; defense unmanned aerial system (UAS); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); research; defense

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