Water Take-off and Landing Hybrid Copter approach for Maritime CONOPs

TitleWater Take-off and Landing Hybrid Copter approach for Maritime CONOPs
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsGalante, J, Ribeiro, M, Nobrega, Rd., Neiva, J, Ferreira, AS, Sousa, JB
Conference Name2019 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS)
Date PublishedJune
Keywordsaircraft communication, autonomous aerial vehicles, helicopters, internetworking, maritime CONOPs, mobile robots, multi-robot systems, multivehicles teams, normal mission cycle, operational mobile communication gateway, physical medium, remotely piloted aircraft systems, water take-off and landing hybrid copter approach

With the rise in the use of multi-vehicles teams, for maritime operations, new challenges and opportunities arise regarding the complexity and logistics of these scenarios. One way to cope with said complexity is to imbue some of these systems with the versatility of operating in more than one physical medium (air/water/land) during its normal mission cycle, maximizing their possible mission roles. The ability of having a vehicle which can operate both in the air and on the water can further expand and facilitate maritime operations by allowing new sampling, deployment and even communication scenarios. This work follows the iterations of a specific vehicle concept, through its various phases, and tracks the developments and challenges necessary to adapt a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to become capable of water take-off & landing, and explores its applicability as a viable operational mobile communication gateway for underwater and surface assets.