A macroscopic performance analysis of NASA’s northrop grumman RQ-4A
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
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This paper presents the process of identification, from a macroscopic point of view, of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk Remote-Piloted Aircraft System from real, but limited flight information. Performance parameters and operational schemes will be extracted by analyzing available data from two specific science flights flown by the Global Hawk back in 2010. Each phase of the flight, take-off, climb, cruise climb, descent and landing, is analyzed from various points of view: speed profile, altitude, climb/descent ratios and rate of turn. The key performance parameters derived from individual flights will be confirmed by performing a wider statistical validation with additional flight trajectories. Derived data are exploited to validate a simulated RQ-4A vehicle employed in extensive real-time air traffic management simulated integration exercises and to complement the development of a future RQ-4A trajectory predictor.
This work was partially funded by the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad of Spain under Contract TRA2016-77012-R and by EUROCONTROL acting on behalf of the SESAR Joint Undertaking (the SJU) and the European Union as part of Work Package E in the SESAR Programme
CitationPastor, E., Perez-Batlle, M., Barrado, C., Royo, P., Cuadrado, R. A macroscopic performance analysis of NASA’s northrop grumman RQ-4A. "Aerospace", 10 Gener 2018, vol. 5, núm. 1, p. 1-16.