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UAS Flexible Configuration for Optimum Performance in ISTAR Military Missions

Cătălin CIOACĂ1*, Vasile Florin POPESCU2, Vasile PRISACARIU1, Sebastian POP1, Cristian VIDAN3
1 ”Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy, Faculty of Aeronautical Management, Brasov, Romania (*Corresponding author),,
2 ”Carol I” National Defence University, Faculty of Security and Defence, Bucharest, Romania
3 ”Ferdinand I” Military Technical Academy, SATAS Centre of Excellence, Bucharest, Romania

Abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to present a pilot configuration management system, namely QuadFlexArch, necessary for the planning of ISTAR military missions performed with unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The creation of this system started due to an operational need identified during the modernization of the Phoenix 30 quad-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS. QuadFlexArch has been designed so as to allow being constantly updated according to the most recent operational requirements, associated with the latest UASs, but also with the new validated and available technical solutions. The model adopted for the design and development of the configuration management system allows the identification and evaluation of UAS by testing the key performance parameters (the noise level, thrust, torque, power, speed for the motor-propeller assembly, ESC signal and the reconfiguration time for a certain mission), the determination of the flight autonomy and data integration into a decision support platform designed in the Delphi programming language. The obtained result is in the form of a hierarchy of technical solutions available for optimal mission planning.

Keywords: Unmanned aerial system, Key performance indicators, Configuration management, Decision-making platform.


Cătălin CIOACĂ, Vasile Florin POPESCU, Vasile PRISACARIU, Sebastian POP, Cristian VIDAN, UAS Flexible Configuration for Optimum Performance in ISTAR Military Missions, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 31(3), pp. 117-124, 2022.