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Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics

Volume 5639 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 120-125

Development of a Novel Platform for Greater Situational Awareness in the Urban Military Terrain

  • Stephen D. PriorAffiliated withDepartment of Product Design and Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University
  • , Siu-Tsen ShenAffiliated withDepartment of Multimedia Design, National Formosa University
  • , Anthony S. WhiteAffiliated withDepartment of Computing and Multimedia Technology, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University
  • , Siddharth OdedraAffiliated withDepartment of Product Design and Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University
  • , Mehmet KaramanogluAffiliated withDepartment of Product Design and Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University
  • , Mehmet Ali ErbilAffiliated withDepartment of Product Design and Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University
  • , Tom ForanAffiliated withDepartment of Product Design and Engineering, School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University

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Abstract

The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the more recent war in the Gaza Strip have emphasized the need for novel platforms which provide for greater situational awareness in the urban terrain. Without intelligent systems, which can accurately provide real-time information, collateral damage to property will result, together with unnecessary civilian deaths. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that within the next decade 75% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. This paper outlines the current state of unmanned aerial vehicles throughout the world and presents a novel design of a multiple rotary wing platform which has great potential for both military and civilian application areas.

Keywords

unmanned aerial vehicles situational awareness military operations urban terrain