Descubrir las aeronaves no tripuladas

  • Ángel A. Rodríguez
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This publication introduces the reader to the new and exciting world of drones, also known as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or RPAs (remotely piloted aircraft). These aircraft do not have anyone on board to steer or service them, although they are controlled from land, sea or air via a computer processor and a radio or satellite connection.

The overall informational tone of this publication combines with more technical language when the content so requires, as in chapter five, in which some basic notions of aerodynamics and flight mechanics are discussed in order to explain the versatility of RPAs, which can be configured for different types of action. The publication also includes several appendices, with a glossary of names and acronyms to facilitate reading, a bibliography and reference websites if the reader wishes to learn more about the subject.

The world of unmanned aerial vehicles has changed completely since 1849, when they were first used in the form of balloons for dropping explosives during the siege of Venice, and since 1887 when anemometers were attached to kites to measure wind speed. They were designed and produced using lighter materials, in smaller sizes, and began to be used in a civilian context as well as for strictly military uses, giving rise to a problem: the need for these drones to share airspace with passenger and cargo planes. The Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency authorises the regulated use of airspace to avoid risks due to contact between the different types of manned and unmanned aircraft.

The author, Ángel A. Rodríguez Sevillano, has actively participated in research projects related to drones and other fields of R&D.

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Publication index:

  1. Historia
    • La historia en España
  2. Visión general
    • Clasificación de los RPAS
    • Requerimientos operacionales
    • La misión
  3. Subsistemas de los RPAS
    • Vehículo aéreo
    • Sistemas de navegación
    • Carga de pago
    • Estación de control en tierra
    • Interfaces
    • El equipamiento de lanzamiento y recuperación
    • El enlace de comunicaciones (data link)
    • Transporte
    • El equipamiento de soporte en tierra
    • Personal
    • Influencia medioambiental
  4. Fundamentos del diseño
    • Fases del diseño de una aeronave
    • Pilares del diseño conceptual
    • Diseño preliminar
    • Costes
  5. Ingeniería aplicada al diseño del vehículo
    • Configuración general de la aeronave
    • Nociones de aerodinámica básica
    • Actuaciones de un avión reactor
    • Actuaciones relevantes de un avión propulsado por hélice
    • Autonomía y alcance una aeronave eléctrica
    • Actuaciones de una aeronave de ala rotatoria
    • Estabilidad estática y dinámica
    • Sistemas de propulsión
    • Sistemas de lanzamiento y recuperación
    • Conclusiones finales del diseño
    • Sistemas para la navegación
    • Sensores/carga de pago
    • Materiales aeroespaciales
    • Efectos del medioambiente
    • Herramientas de simulación
  6. Certificación y normativa
    • Normativa y regulación internacional
    • Normativa nacional
    • Propuestas posibles sobre el futuro
    • Mejoras aerodinámicas de los RPAS
    • Detectar, ver y evitar (detect, see and avoid)
    • Materiales inteligentes
    • Otros avances previstos
    • Despliegue de UCAS
  7. Enjambres de RPAS
    • Micro-RPAS
    • Control cooperativo
    • Fusión de sensores
  8. Los RPAS en España

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