Recent developments in unmanned aircraft systems - VKI LS

Date: Monday 04 April 2011 to Friday 08 April 2011

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Rhode-St-Genèse, Belgium
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(UAS, including UAV and MAV)

From April 4 to 8, 2011

von Karman Institute, Rhode-St-Genèse, Belgium


Although initially unmanned aerial vehicles were accepted only very slowly by the military, in the 1990’s they brought a real revolution in military operations. Presently they are considered as a standard tool in military thinking. Cross fertilization between defence forces and industry has paved the way to civil applications of UAVs. Being aware of this evolution, in collaboration with the RTO (NATO Research and Technology Organization,) VKI has organized in 1999 and 2003 two VKI-RTO Lecture Series on Unmanned Air Vehicles. Now UAVs have reached a high level of reliability, it is time to think of civil applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). This new denomination makes it clear that a UAS is more than only the flying component. The current Lecture Series will therefore include contributions on all aspects dealing with the design, manufacturing, control and operating Unmanned Aerial Systems and its sensors.

The Lecture Series will start with a general overview of UAS: what are the different categories of such systems, what are their performance characteristics and their limitations. This will be followed by a contribution on a solar powered UAS flying at very high altitude and operating at low Reynolds number. Then propulsion systems will be discussed, including novel technologies such as pulse detonation, fuel cells and solar power. Mini and micro UAS will be highlighted, followed by a session on Command and Control. Flight sensors will also be discussed. These lectures will be illustrated by live experiments in the audience.

Finally, on the last day an overview will be given on the rules to be compliant with when operating UAS in controlled airspace. Constraints associated with integration of manned and unmanned aircraft will be discussed.

The directors of this Lecture Series are Prof. Roland Decuypere, from R-D Scientific Consulting, formerly from Royal Military Academy, Belgium, and Prof. Mario Carbonaro, Honorary Director, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.


Monday 4 April 2011

  • 08:45    Registration
  • 09:15    Welcome, introductory remarks
  • 09:30    Overview of unmanned aircraft systems
    Prof. R. Decuypere, R-D Scientific Consulting, Belgium
  • 11:15    Towards eternal flight by solar power
    Dr. C. Kelleher, QinetiQ, UK
  • 14:00    Hale : Operation at low Reynolds number
    Dr. C. Kelleher
  • 15:45    Unmanned aircraft propulsion systems
    Prof. P. Hendrick, ULB, Belgium
  • 17:00    Reception

Tuesday 5 April 2011

  • 09:00    Unmanned aircraft propulsion systems (cont.)
    Prof. P. Hendrick
  • 10:45    Review of micro and mini UAVs: characteristics and performance
    Prof. F. Quagliotti & Dr. G. Guglieri, Politecnico of Torino, Italy
  • 14:00    Flight control systems integration on mini UAV
    Prof. F. Quagliotti & Dr. G. Guglieri
  • 15:45    Introduction to micro air vehicles: concepts, design and applications
    Prof. D. F. Kurtulus, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Wednesday 6 April 2011

  • 09:00    Unsteady aerodynamics of flapping aerofoils: case studies with experimental, numerical, theoretical and soft computing methods
    Prof. D. F. Kurtulus
  • 10:45    Role and needs of MAVs from the USAF perpective
    Dr. G. Abate, AFOSR, USA, & EOARD, London, UK
  • 14:00    Modelling, control system design and hardware/software-in-the-loop simulation for UAS
    Prof. F. Giulietti, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 15:45    Avionics, telemetry and ground control station design and prototyping
    Prof. F. Giulietti

Thursday 7 April 2011

  • 09:00    MEDUSA: from concept to flight model
    Mr. B. Delauré, VITO, Belgium
  • 10:45    Payloads for lightweight UAS
    Mr. N. Lewyckyj & Mr. B. Michiels, VITO, Belgium
  • 14:00    Fundamentals in optical systems engineering
    Mr. Ph. Chevalier, OIP, Belgium
  • 15:45    Activities on european level to set up a legal framework for certification and use of UAS
    Ms E. Billen, BCAA, Belgian Civil Aviation Authority, Belgium

Friday 8 April 2011

  • 09:00    Challenges for UAS operations in segregated and non-segregated airspace
    Mr. P. Hopff, Belgocontrol, Belgium
  • 10:45    Gatewing X100: a micro UAV for surveying and mapping
    Mr. P. Cosyn, Gatewing, Belgium
  • 14:00    The Belgian MoD Hunter UAV system: system, overview, operations, safety of flights and airworthiness certification
    Mr.  R. Delogne, SONACA, Belgium
  • 15:45    Concluding Remarks
    Prof. R. Decuypere
  • 16:00    End of Lecture Series


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