International Journal of

Unmanned Systems Engineering

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Abstract: Donohue V. (2014). Evaluation of UAS class and EO sensor payload type for applications in hostage crisis missions. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering. 2(1): 1-8. Law Enforcement entities are tasked with ensuring the safety of citizens to the best of their ability. They use every advantage at their disposal to capture and restrain criminals while reducing the risk to civilians. This ability is often limited by the constraints of slim and shrinking budgets. Departments with larger budgets and greater flexibility have historically taken advantage of airborne assets, most often helicopters, which provide a tremendous advantage against criminals due to enhanced surveillance, pursuit, and capture capability. The latest technological advancements in remote electronic sensing, along with major strides in aircraft automation and miniaturization, have allowed a surge in the implementation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Law Enforcement missions. This paper discusses the use of UAS by Law Enforcement in a hostage crisis situation. A scenario is presented and a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) is developed to thoroughly detail the mission goal, strategy and tactics. The class of UAS appropriate for the mission, including Micro Air Vehicles and small UAS, and a refined selection between fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft are identified. The Draganflyer X6 and the RAPTR rotary wing UAVs are discussed in deciding what system best accomplishes the hostage crisis mission. Electro-optical sensors, including high definition video, low light level TV and infrared sensors, provide superior applicability. © Marques Engineering Ltd.


Keywords: ARA Nighthawk, CONOPS, Draganflyer X6, FLIR, Law Enforcement, RAPTR, sUAS, Tactical electronics.

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IJUSEng - 2014, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1-8


Evaluation of UAS Class and EO Sensor Payload Type

for Applications in Hostage Crisis Missions


Vince Donohue

Prospero's Landing, Inc., USA

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