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Business case assessment of unmanned systems level of autonomy

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dc.contributor.advisor Jonathan How and Roy Welsch. en_US
dc.contributor.author Liu, Edward W en_US
dc.contributor.other Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-27T15:29:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-27T15:29:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/73405
dc.description Thesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2012. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 71-73). en_US
dc.description.abstract The federal government has continually increased its spending on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during the past decade. Efforts to drive down UAV costs have primarily focused on the physical characteristics of the UAV, such as weight, size, and shape. Due to the saturation of the UAV business in the federal sector, the civilian sector is not as penetrated. Hence, companies see this phenomenon as an opportunity to establish itself as the standard bearer in this sector. This thesis will address how Boeing can establish guidelines for business strategies in UAV offerings to potential clients. The key innovation that will be introduced is a modeling tool that will focus on simulation/trending and sensitivity analysis to help provide some insight into what these guidelines will be. The modeling tool will quantify many of the benefits and costs of the components and features of the production and utilization of UAVs. Other notable recommendations include defining a new data recording process to obtain sets of sample data to validate the results of the modeling tool and streamlining the complexity of additional features and enhancements that will be incorporated in future versions of the modeling tool. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Edward W. Liu. en_US
dc.format.extent 73 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.subject Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.title Business case assessment of unmanned systems level of autonomy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.description.degree M.B.A. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. en_US
dc.contributor.department Leaders for Global Operations Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 810144613 en_US


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