Use of Graphene for Stealth in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs)


Marines Test New Drone Capabilities

Marines test new drone capabilities (source: photo by Sgt. Lucas Hopkins, https://media.defense.gov/2017/Feb/13/2001698456/780/780/0/170208-M-TR086-001.JPG).

Posted: October 14, 2020 | Completed: August 10, 2020
What is an analysis for using graphene to achieve stealth in small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)?

DSIAC was asked to conduct an analysis of the use of graphene for stealth in UASs.  DSIAC staff searched open-source documents, DSIAC’s repository of previous inquiries, and SCOPUS to identify relevant publications.  Few sources were found to mention the successful use of graphene in UASs specifically for stealth, though it shows many promising benefits for aerospace applications, including reduced drag, increased impact resistance, thermal management, lightning resistance, and stealth in UAS. Using graphene as a skin on a UAS is currently being researched, with the goal of widespread use in aerospace.  DSIAC analysts compiled and summarized relevant  research that may have potential stealth applications in aerospace.

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