January 22, 1973

Special Report: RPVs—An Emerging Technology

Rpvs Provide U.s. New Weapon Options

Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Man-machine Interface Poses Problems

Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

New Developments Spur Rpv Activities

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Special Report: RPVs—An Emerging Technology

Rpvs Provide U.s. New Weapon Options

Advanced remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) provide an attractive means of adapting declining defense resources to the political, financial and military realities of the post-Vietnam era. Industry is leading the way in recognition of this fact with a sometimes-reluctant military trailing behind.

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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Man-machine Interface Poses Problems

Slowly evolving nature of the man-machine interface for control of remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) is marked by a paradox. Scientists feel on the one hand that they now have a tremendous opportunity to design new systems from the ground up to fit the operator and the mission, unimpeded by past restrictions that have traditionally inhibited manned aircraft designers.

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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

New Developments Spur Rpv Activities

Los Angeles—Current surge of industry enthusiasm over the prospects for military applications of remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) is backed by a surprisingly diverse number of developments and research and study activities. Many of these are only modestly funded, but they are beginning to direct the technologies that could help transform the ideas of RPV enthusiasts into reality.
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Air Transport

Twa Terms Rb.211 ‘biggest Challenge’

Kansas City, Mo.—Rolls-Royce RB.211 powerplant represents Trans World Airlines' “biggest challenge” in regard to the Lockheed L-1011 trijet. A. E. Jordan, Trans World’s vice president-technical services, who heads the company’s maintenance, engineering and overhaul operations, made that assessment at his headquarters here before the recent incidents involving separation of the fan from both a Trans World and an Eastern Airlines L-1011 (AW&ST Jan. 15, p. 24).

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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Nasa Drafts New Unmanned Test Plan

Flight Research Center lays basis for extensive program to explore flight regimes of advanced aircraft profiles

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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Rpvs to Play Electronic Warfare Role

Los Angeles—Remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) are expected to play a major role in electronic warfare, much as reconnaissance drones contributed significantly to the gathering of strategic photo reconnaissance and electronic intelligence data over the past eight years.
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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Boeing Pushes Compass Cope Reliability

Seattle—Boeing Co.’s Compass Cope program is aimed at developing a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) that will serve as a multi-purpose truck to haul electronic payloads on high-altitude missions over the next 10-15 years with a reliability approaching that of a manned system.

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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

New Engines Still on Drawing Board

Current remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) for the most part are using existing engines and airframes modified to do jobs for which they were not initially designed. Most new RPV technology remains on the drawing boards or in the laboratory, with much promise that remains to be demonstrated.

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Special Report: Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Usaf Rpv Squadron Sharpens Skills

Tucson—Air Force’s first and only tactical drone organization is forging and sharpening new skills in order to provide reconnaissance and electronic countermeasures (ECM) support for tactical theater commanders anywhere in the world.
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Mini-rpvs Tested for Battlefield Use

ARPA program explores feasibility of model-airplane-type vehicles for reconnaissance, laser designation of targets

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