Engineering Disciplines

The members of the Vehicle Research Section have expertise & capability in the following areas:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Avionics
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Propulsion/Power Systems
  • Vehicle Structures, Composite Materials Fabrication
  • Systems Integration
  • Payload Integration
  • Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Flight Research

System Design - From Concept to Tested Hardware

As a team, the members of the Vehicle Research Section have the expertise and tools in-house to develop a vehicle system from conceptual design through detailed design, analysis, fabrication, sub-system testing, system integration and proof of concept testing. Rapid prototyping is often used to validate concepts early.

Quick Reaction Work

The Vehicle Research Section, as well as several other organizations within NRL, have the capability to respond to immediate Naval and military needs with the rapid infusion of new technologies. Visit the NRL home page for more information on NRL's research topics, personnel, and facilities. For specific or sensitive requests related to unmanned systems contact us at