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Geofencing requirements for onboard safe operation monitoring

Torens, Christoph and Nikodem, Florian and Dauer, Johann and Schirmer, Sebastian and Dittrich, Jörg Steffen (2020) Geofencing requirements for onboard safe operation monitoring. CEAS Aeronautical Journal. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s13272-020-00451-0. ISSN 1869-5582.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13272-020-00451-0


The new concept for operation of drones, published by EASA in 2015, enables new ways to influence and possibly reduce the necessary safety targets of certain system components without reducing the overall safety of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Based on the safety assessment, the specific category enables new aircraft system architectures and mission designs. In this context, this paper analyzes runtime monitoring as a strategy to contain the UAS in its operational volume. To assure predefined properties in flight and thus assure the safety of the operation in progress with a high robustness, a formal meth-odology for safe operation monitoring is utilized. With this approach, this work targets to link the concept of safe operation monitoring with the upcoming regulations regarding the specific category and the specific operation risk assessment (SORA). One particular aspect of this safe operation monitoring is geofencing, the capability to contain a UAS in a previously restricted area. In the regulatory framework of a specific operation, risk assessment is required and so is the containment of the UAS in its operational volume. The functional and safety requirements for geofencing regarding their impact on the underlying specific operation risk assessment are discussed. To facilitate this discussion, a taxonomy of geofencing characteristics is derived based on a literature survey. Consequently, the geofencing requirements are assessed regarding their robustness and applicability for certification purposes. As a result, by monitoring the integrity of the system at runtime using geofencing as an example, it is investigated if the requirements and thus costs of development and certification process for the remaining components can be reduced.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135054/
Document Type:Article
Title:Geofencing requirements for onboard safe operation monitoring
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Torens, ChristophUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0651-4390UNSPECIFIED
Dauer, JohannUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8287-2376UNSPECIFIED
Schirmer, SebastianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4596-2479UNSPECIFIED
Date:16 May 2020
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Keywords:UAS, Safety requirements, Specific operation risk assessment (SORA), Runtime monitoring, Geofencing
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Flight Physics (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Institute of Flight Systems > Safety Critical Systems&Systems Engineering
Deposited By: Torens, Christoph
Deposited On:12 Jan 2021 13:49
Last Modified:23 Oct 2023 12:58

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