SAE E-39, Unmanned Vehicle Propulsion Systems Committee, is a technical committee in SAE’s Aerospace Propulsion Systems Group with the responsibility to develop and maintain standards for unmanned air vehicle propulsion systems.
Scope includes both chemical and electrical propulsion and the supporting systems, including but not limited to: engines, servo actuators, fuel, motors, controllers, batteries, fuel cells, wiring, connectors, fluid systems, instrumentation and sensors, power management, filler valves, filters, pumps, propellers, propeller balancing rigs, test stands, thrust measurement rigs, and flight management for energy efficient flight.
The objectives of the E-39 Committee are to:
-Categorize propulsion system types as they relate to risk profile and develop appropriate classifications and distinctions to support the categorization.
-Coordinate standardization activities with industry, regulatory authorities, and other stakeholders to help prioritize efforts.
-Develop SAE Technical Reports [Aerospace Standard (AS), Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP), and/or Aerospace Information Report (AIR)], to support this standardization effort.
The UAS industry will benefit by understanding well-defined categories and system types, familiarization of accepted test methods and trusted measurements, and building upon industry best practices and specifications.
SAE Staff Representatives: