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Ikhana
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Aircraft available
REQUEST PROCEDURE
online requests are submitted at http://suborbital.nasa.gov/sofrs/
Airborne Platforms
A NASA MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
CONTACT
Thomas K. Rigney
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Dryden Flight Research Center P.O. Box 273 Edwards, California 93523-0273
(661) 276-2452
Thomas.K.Rigney@nasa.gov
SECONDARY CONTACT
Bob Curry
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
PO Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523
661-276-3715
Robert.E.Curry@nasa.gov
SPECIFICATIONS
Aircraft TypeGeneral Atomics MQ-9, unmanned, fixed wing, single propeller aircraft
Payload3000
Range3500
Ceiling45000
Endurance30 hours
CapabilityProject has developed a research flight control system capable of autonomous aircraft control research. Aircraft can fly for very long duration. As with all unmanned aircraft, max altitude, range, payload, and endurance are traded off.
Airspeed Range100 - 220
Runway Requirementsgenerally < 5000 ft
Max Takeoff Weight10500
Max Fuel Weight3900
Flight CrewGenerally 2 pilots that rotate every 2 hours. Mission Director and Systems Monitor also required.
Number of SeatsGround station can accommodate 3 to 4 science team members at one time, with rotation during the mission. Other team members can monitor and interact with the flight remotely.
Airworthiness CertificateNASA issued Experimental certificate
Typical UsesAirborne Science, UAS technology development
Data SystemEthernet network, 64 GB recorder, GPS antenna connections, Ku SatCom
Special Field Support Needsground station (power, phone), authorization to fly UAS in local airspace, license for command/control frequency usage
Research Power5kW @ 30,000 ft
Cabin Environmentvented
Rack Space Availableas needed
Available Inletsadded as needed
Available Aperturesadded as needed
Available Hard Pointsinner, mid, and outboard wing hardpoints
External PodsWing pod for sensors and 2 locations in the forward avionics bay.
Standard InstrumentsINS/GPS
Training Requirementsminimal
CommunicationsC-Band LOS, Ku-Band OTH, UHV/VHF radio
Available InstrumentsInfrared scanner
Other SystemsAirborne Research Test System (ARTS) can host experimental algorithms that can autonomously "fly" the aircraft using all the commands available to the pilot. The system can also host sensor data analysis algorithms. Sensor input can be used as input to the autonomous control algorithms. System will be available late FY08.
User Supportintegration, testing, mechanical design, instrumentation, mission planning, environmental testing, operations, shop support
UPDATED ON
21 Sep 2009 13:19