Remotely controlled airship for aerial surveillance: From concept to reality in under a month

Vishal Chaugule, Rajkumar S. Pant, Y. P. Jahagirdar

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Abstract

A remotely controlled airship was designed, fabricated and demonstrated within a tight timespan of under a month after receiving the go-ahead. The main design requirement for this airship was to be able to operate from the Helipad located at an altitude of 6572 feet AMSL under ISA+20 deg. C. The images of the terrain below were recorded during the flight, and transmitted in real-time to a ground based system using an onboard telemetry system. The paper describes the methodology followed for sizing of the envelope and key components of the airship, and the procedure followed for in-house fabrication and testing. The major issues that cropped up during the operation of the airship in harsh weather conditions of rain and mild snow, as well as in night time are also highlighted. The demonstration established the efficacy of remotely controlled airships for aerial photography and data collection by snow scientists.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, including the AIAA Balloon Systems Conference and 19th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Technology Conference
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event11th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, including the AIAA Balloon Systems Conference and 19th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Technology Conference 2011 - Virginia Beach, United States of America
Duration: 20 Sep 201122 Sep 2011

Publication series

Name11th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration,and Operations (ATIO) Conference, including the AIAA Balloon Systems Conference and 19th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Technology Conference

Conference

Conference11th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference, including the AIAA Balloon Systems Conference and 19th AIAA Lighter-Than-Air Technology Conference 2011
CountryUnited States of America
CityVirginia Beach
Period20/09/1122/09/11

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