Study of Unmanned Supersonic Aircraft Configuration 2013-36-0353
The aim of this work is to present the preliminary configuration design studies for an unmanned, lightweight (less than 15 kg), supersonic research aircraft. The studies comprise the aircraft typical mission, the aerodynamic and structural arrangement, preliminary performance, as well as mass distribution. The aircraft, an Unmanned Air Vehicle, or “UAV”, is named as Pohox (“arrow” in Maxakali indian language). It is intended to be the flying test bed for a multicycle engine capable to provide thrust in subsonic, transonic and supersonic regimes. In order to provide validation of the analysis tools, flight performance characteristics of a known, high speed aircraft - North American X-15 - have been also evaluated and compared with the available flight test data. The present analysis is an important step towards the aircraft detailed definition. And the features associated with the configuration obtained are good indications of the technical feasibility of this supersonic UAV.