|InView development: Part 2||- InView Development 2|
Here is an overview of our more recent InView unmanned aircraft system developoments.
For earlier InView developments, see InView Development 1.
The changes made since IV-06 were as follows:
InView IV-07 ready for pre-flight checks.
The InView IV-07 in flight, where the underside viewing windows can clearly be seen.
The tail fins are becoming more difficult to see against the blue sky, the early stages of our work to render the InView difficult to spot when flying at a few hunder feet above ground level in pipeline monitoring and border patrol work.
The changes made were as follows:
The InView IV-06 with twin tail wheel assembly for added ground manoeuvre robustness.
The InView IV-06 at take-off.
Comparison between one of the twin tails and the original single tail fin.< /p>
The beauty of the modular construction of the InView is that one can easily and quickly change the aircraft configuration. In this case, the single tail was replaced by two, smaller, tails for added reliability for a late afternoon flight in Winter.
Reasons for using two tail fins rather than one tail fin:
Above: the NASA Boeing 747 carrying the Lockheed Skunkworks "Phantom Ray" unmanned aircraft. Note the addition of the twin tail to the jumbo jet for added aircraft stability, especially when transporting the larger Space Shuttle.
Above: profile of the InView IV-06 with a single tail.
Above: reduced cross-section profile of the InView IV-06 in the twin tail configuration.