Remotely Piloted Vehicle Technology Development Using the XQM-103 Research Test Vehicle 751109
Recent advances in electronics have enabled the Air Force to consider using remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) for missions into areas too heavily defended for manned aircraft to penetrate. This paper describes the RPV technology development program using the XQM-103, an extensively modified Model 147G drone. The vehicle and its associated control system are being used to conduct quantitative flight tests involving vehicle performance improvements, remote piloting techniques, and application of RPVs to various operations.
A complete description of the XQM-103 system is provided, including special emphasis on the Remote Pilot Station, the Flight Control System, the Command/Telemetry System, and the Video System. Results of the Phase I Flight Test Program, as well as plans for Phases II and III are presented.