Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) capable Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Group 2 – 3 (Gross takeoff weight between 20 – 1320 lbs.) are increasingly becoming important for a range of DoD operations. UAS energy efficiency, maneuverability, and detectability are the key platform performance attributes needed for such mission operations. Recent advances in electric propulsion, electronics, manufacturing and material technologies has drastically expanded the design space for UAS and there are significant knowledge gaps to be addressed to harness the potential of such aircraft for both civilian and military applications. The seminar will highlight underlying science behind the unique challenges of Group 2-3 class UAS and present an overview of ARL’s Common Research Configuration (CRC) initiative. The CRC initiative is established for collaborative efforts in the vertical lift research community to develop fundamental knowledge and understanding in the areas of design, aeromechanics, acoustics, and flight dynamics & control of UAS.
Dr Rajneesh Singh leads a team conducting research on advancing S&T of vertical lift platform technologies at US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDC-ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Prior to joining ARL in 2009, he worked as Aerodynamicist at General Motors Corporation. Dr Singh received his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India and PhD from University of Maryland at College Park. His research interests are in the vehicle design, aeromechanics and CFD. He is a senior member of the Vertical Flight Society and Associate Fellow of the AIAA.