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UNSY 615 : Unmanned Systems Power, Propulsion, and Maneuvering

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Unmanned Systems Power, Propulsion, and Maneuvering
This course represents a detailed examination of the power, propulsion, and maneuvering (actuation) elements of unmanned systems required to support interaction and operation in remote environments. The student will examine and evaluate the elements, components, and processing associated with the generation and storage of power, propulsion methods to achieve locomotion or motion, and actuation used to manipulate control surfaces and other controls in support of maneuvering. The course applications include identifying and analyzing current manipulation options, power storage and distribution, and propulsion methods for unmanned systems.

This course is designed to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the design, application, and operation of power, propulsion, and actuation elements of an unmanned system design. The student will explore the various structural, locomotion, and manipulation options available for unmanned systems including internal combustion engines, generators, fuel sources, electric motors, treads, tracks, wheels, rotors, propellers, impellers, linear and rotary actuators, lighter than air envelopes, aeronautical lift and control surfaces, and flywheels. The student will examine types of operational environments and identify appropriate combinations of power, propulsion, and actuation components to support successful application of the system. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the terminology, concepts, components, and applicability of such technology towards unmanned system design and operation.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Evaluate power generation options available for unmanned systems2. Analyze types of fuel sources and power storage3. Formulate a method to transfer, control, monitor, and store unmanned system power4. Appraise the requirements and dependencies associated with various unmanned operational environments, including available methods for achieving propulsion5. Evaluate types of control actuation used for unmanned maneuvering and manipulation6. Defend the recommendation of system components appropriate for operation in specific unmanned operational environments7. Appraise the design or selection of power, propulsion, and maneuvering elements and their appropriateness to perform unmanned missions or tasks in a safe, efficient, and effective manner8. Contrast alternative power, propulsion, and maneuvering options for unmanned systems based on the operational environment, issues, and availability of new technology, processes, or concepts9. Construct specification requirements of an unmanned system power, propulsion, and maneuvering subsystem design10. Develop an power, propulsion, and maneuvering subsystem design or configuration to support an unmanned system application, management practice, or operational policy, incorporating new technology, methods, processes, or concepts, and communicate final recommendation to other stakeholders11. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Bradley Opp - 4/1/2015
Dr. Brent Terwilliger - 4/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 4/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 4/1/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Unmanned Systems PO #1: Analyze the fundamentals of unmanned systems, including the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of the system to examine, compare, analyze and recommend conclusions

PO #2: Compare and contrast current unmanned system issues, identify contributing factors, and formulate strategies to address or further investigate

PO #3: Recognize, evaluate, and recommend the incorporation of new technologies, methods, processes, or concepts with current unmanned system applications, management practices, or operational policies

PO #4: Critically justify and validate unmanned system design configurations to support safe, efficient, and effective operations in applicable domains (air, space, ground, and maritime), including assessing appropriateness of major elemental components; evaluating limitations and constraints; formulating theory of operation; and supporting perceived need

PO #5: Effectively communicate concepts, designs, theories, and supporting material with others in the unmanned systems field

PO #6: Investigate a current unmanned systems research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate hypotheses; collect and appropriately analyze data; and, interpret and report research findings to improve the field of unmanned systems or to provide solutions to an unmanned systems application problem
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