Course detail: AERO0210 - Conceptual Design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This course provides a conceptual approach to overall design of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) including concepts of operations, communications, payloads, control stations, air vehicles and support. It also covers requirements and architecture development, initial sizing and conceptual-level parametric and spreadsheet assessment of major system elements.

  • Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including conceptual design issues and operating environments
  • Control station, communication and payload considerations and sizing
  • Life cycle cost estimation
  • Air vehicle parametric design and propulsion
  • Conceptual-level aerodynamics
  • Standard atmosphere models
  • Conceptual-level mass estimation
  • Parametric geometry
  • Air vehicle performance
  • Mission assessment
  • Methodology and correlation
  • Air vehicle optimization
  • Overall system optimization
  • Reliability, maintainability and support
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed primarily for practicing conceptual-level design engineers, systems engineers, technologists, researchers, educators and engineering managers. For maximum course benefit, students should have some knowledge of basic aerodynamics and conceptual aircraft design, although it is not mandatory. A basic knowledge of spreadsheet analysis methods is assumed.

Course Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,495 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).

Regular registration course fee: $2,695 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Canada Department of National Defence Discount
This course is available to Canada DND employees at 10% off the registration fee. Please contact the DND Procurement Authority (DAP 2-3) for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Certificate Track
Aircraft Design, Unmanned Aircraft

Classroom hours / CEUs
31.5 classroom hours
3.15 CEUs

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AERO0210 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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