Core Competencies

Area-I personnel have led the design of fourteen unmanned aircraft (UAV) and one manned aircraft. This experience is augmented by a suite of proprietary software that facilitates the entire UAV design process. From conceptual to detailed design, on through to fabrication and flight testing, this software allows Area-I to provide accurate assessments of aircraft stability and performance. These tools can also be used to analyze and improve the performance of existing aircraft. Additionally this software allows Area-I to assess the performance of advanced guidance, navigation and control (GNC) technologies.

Aircraft Design and Analysis

  • Lift, drag, moments
  • Elevator-trimmed drag polar
  • Static and dynamic stability and control
  • Aerodynamic derivatives
  • Develop aircraft control laws
  • Flow field analysis
  • Predict interactions between multiple aircraft

Flight Simulation

  • 6-DoF, 4th-order Runge-Kutta integration, quaternion transformations
  • Fully customizable (not limited to aircraft)
  • Atmospheric modeling (winds, turbulence)
  • Propulsion modeling (IC, electric motor, propeller analysis)
  • Actuator dynamics and Sensor modeling
  • Non-linear (post-stall) modeling
  • Capable of modeling multiple bodies

Parameterized CAD Modeling

  • Multi-disciplinary optimization
  • Mass/Inertial analysis
  • Structural analysis

UAV Systems Design and Integration

  • Airframe design, analysis, and fabrication
  • Aerodynamic optimization
  • Sensor/Payload integration
  • Autopilot integration and tuning (Cloud Cap, Micropilot, Procerus, and custom systems)

Advanced Guidance, Navigation, and Control Systems

  • UAV self-separation and collision avoidance
  • Multi-objective guidance strategies
  • Air mass motion detection and exploitation

Flight Test Support

  • Complete flight operations support (ground crew, external pilot, internal pilot, payload operator, etc.)
  • High-fidelity in-flight data acquisition
  • In-flight aircraft performance assessment
  • System identification