Title page for ETD etd-12212011-213705

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Aarons, Tyler David
Author's Email Address taarons@vt.edu, tyler.aarons@l-3com.com, tyler.d.aarons@gmail.com
URN etd-12212011-213705
Title Development and Implementation of a Flight Test Program for a Geometrically Scaled Joined Wing SensorCraft Remotely Piloted Vehicle
Degree Master of Science
Department Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Canfield, Robert A. Committee Co-Chair
Woolsey, Craig A. Committee Co-Chair
Lindsley, Ned J. Committee Member
  • Flight Test
  • SensorCraft
  • Joined Wing
  • RPV
  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle
  • Scaling
  • UAS
  • UAV
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Unmanned Aircraft
Date of Defense 2011-10-05
Availability unrestricted
The development and implementation of a flight test program for an unmanned

aircraft is a multidisciplinary challenge. This thesis presents the development and

implementation of a rigorous test program for the flight test of a Geometrically

Scaled Joined Wing SensorCraft Remotely Piloted Vehicle from concept through

successful flight test. The design methodology utilized in the development of the

test program is presented, along with the extensive formal review process required

for the approval of the test plan by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The

design, development and calibration of a custom instrumentation package is also

presented along with the setup, procedure and results from all testing. Results are

presented for a wind tunnel test for air data boom calibration, propulsion system

static thrust testing, a bifilar pendulum test for experimental calculation of mass

moments of inertia, a static structural loading test for structural design validation,

a full taxi test and a successful first flight.

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