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Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training

Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training

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Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training Course with Hands-on Exercises (Onsite, Online and Classroom Live)

Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training course covers the design of unmanned air vehicles. The course will cover the history and classes of UAVs, requirement definition, command and control concepts and UAV aircraft design.

It provides first-hand understanding of the entire design and development process for unmanned vehicles from their involvement in the DARPA MAV development and as the lead for the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization Class I, Increment Two vehicle.

The instructor is currently working towards first flight and was a key contributor to requirements development, conceptual design, design optimization. UAV’s history will be covered and the lessons learned and the breadth of the design space. UAV’s are and will be key components of aviation. From the nano sized flapping vehicles to the extreme duration of high altitude surveillance vehicles.

Duration: 3 days

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  • We can adapt this Unmanned Air Vehicle Design course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Unmanned Air Vehicle Design course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Unmanned Air Vehicle Design course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Unmanned Air Vehicle Design course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training – Audience/Target Group:

The target audience for this training course:

  • ALL

Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training – Objectives:

Upon completing this training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • UAV design is not a simple task that can be fully learned in a short time, however, the scope of the problem can be outlined
  • The design process is similar to any aircraft design, but there are unique tasks involved in replacing the intelligence of the pilot.
  • The long history of UAV’s and the breadth of the design space will be covered
  • Lessons learned from experience and by observation will be shared in the course.
  • We will cover the tools and techniques that are used to make design decisions and modifications.
  • Representative practical examples of UAV will be presented.

Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training – Course Syllabus:


  • Brief history of UAV’s “How did toys become useful?”
  • Classes of UAV’s
  • Fixed Wing
  • Rotary Wing / VTOL
  • Micro

UAV Requirements Definition

  • Operational Concepts
  • Mission definition
  • Requirements Flow-down

Command and Control Concepts

  • Ground based operation
  • Autonomous operation
  • Systems and subsystems definition
  • System Safety and Reliability Concerns

UAV Aircraft Design

  • Configuration
  • Aerodynamics
  • Propulsion and propulsion system integration concepts
  • Structures
  • Performance
  • Flight Controls and Handling Qualities.
  • Operational influences on control strategies
  • Vehicle analysis & how it affects control strategies
  • Make sure you have enough sensor bandwidth
  • Making sure you have enough control surfaces / power / bandwidth (choosing an actuator)
  • Gust rejection and trajectory performance

Case study Examples

  • Case study 1: Large turbine design
  • Case study 2: Small piston engine design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Operations
  • Disposal
  • Design Tools
  • Design Optimization
Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Training Course Wrap-Up

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