Project #58403 - Final Project essay

Introduction

Please finish your sixth writing assignment before you start on the final project of your course paper. In this final assignment you will be given a scenario and asked to construct a general plan that incorporates unmanned aircraft systems into the solution. This assignment will allow you to construct a plan based on the previous foundational information you provided through your first six assignments. If you have questions about your course paper, especially ones regarding your final project, please post them to your instructor and peers via the Forum: Course Paper Questions.

Instructions

For this final project, do the following:

  1. Read the following scenario:
    In 2009, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake near American Samoa triggered tsunami waves measuring up to 46 feet that resulted in widespread destruction and 22 deaths. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed much of the island infrastructure. Many villages on the south shores were destroyed or severely damaged. Many residents fled to higher ground and were isolated without water and electricity. Roads in many parts of the island were damaged to the point that they were unusable in search efforts.

    Because of high terrain and dense vegetation, it was difficult previously for rescue workers to reach isolated villages. With the damage to the islands infrastructure, it took an extremely long time for first responders to determine which areas need assistance the quickest. A recent analysis of the earthquake, and the events that transpired after, showed that using unmanned aircraft would provide the government with a faster assessment of the damage. Having a faster assessment of damage will allow government to allocate limited resources to the areas that need them the most. 

    The Governor of American Samoa has contacted you to assist in developing a plan to use unmanned aircraft to aid in search and rescue efforts in the event of another natural disaster. He has received a federal grant that would provide America Samoa with unmanned aircraft and requests that you provide a plan on the types of unmanned aircraft and sensors that could be used if another natural disaster occurs.
  2. Research the American Samoa earthquake and tsunami of 2009 and the issues that challenge search and rescue efforts.
  3. Create a plan using the following criteria for the utilization of unmanned aircraft in a similar natural disaster. Do not provide a search and rescue plan, but present different types of unmanned aircraft and sensor packages and how they could assist in assessing damage so emergency planners can develop a plan. Be sure to consider the terrain and types of data links required for each UAS. Most of American Samoa has rugged terrain that can reach over 3,000 feet, which may present issues for line-of-sight aircraft if not used correctly.CRITERIA:
    • Earthquake and tsunami equal to 2009
    • High cloud cover does not allow for satellite imagery
    • Pago Pago International Airport is unusable for takeoffs or landing until 18 hours after natural disaster occurs
    • When Pago Pago International Airport is open, there will be limited access to UAS operations due to relief flights
    • Six large fishing boats survived the earthquake and can be used for search and rescue
    • Telephone landlines and cell towers are unusable. First responders will be using radios with a 5 mile range
    • Navy ships with medical supplies, food, and water will arrive 96 hours after earthquake
    • Airspace is regulated by the FAA
    • Because of logistics, there will be a minimum 3 different UAS, maximum 5
    • Not “limited” on types of sensors
    • UAS crews have all necessary equipment and are self-sufficient
    • UAS and sensor package is in use today
    • The operational specifications of each type of unmanned aircraft that you select in included
    • The strengths and limitations of each aircraft and sensor as well as how using other types of aircraft and sensors will offset those limitations are included
    • Unmanned aircraft are not used to drop or deliver medical supplies, food, or water
  4. Compose an explanation of your plan that does not exceed 1,500 words (approximately 7 pages) and conforms to APA guidelines.
  5. Submit your essay explanation using the Submission instructions below.

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