AD-150 Tilt Duct VTOL Flight Dynamics Modeling

The American Dynamics Flight Systems AD-150 is a tilt-duct unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been developed around upcoming US Marine Corps requirements for a high-speed VTOL UAV capable of operating in a shipboard maritime environment. The aircraft uses a pair of rotating wing tip-mounted ducted fans to provide the vertical lift and forward thrust needed to approach 300kts. Potential missions include intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISR&T), electronic attack (EA), logistical resupply, and weapons delivery. American Dynamics Flight Systems (ADFS) had partnered with the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Maryland to perform wind tunnel testing (Barlow) and develop a 6-DOF flight dynamics model (Humbert) for the expected flight envelope of the AD-150.

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