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Maritime operation of an unmanned rotorcraft with tethered ship deck landing system

Schuchardt, Bianca Isabella and Dautermann, Thomas and Donkels, Alexander and Krause, Stefan and Peinecke, Niklas and Schwoch, Gunnar (2020) Maritime operation of an unmanned rotorcraft with tethered ship deck landing system. CEAS Aeronautical Journal, 12 (1), pp. 1-9. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s13272-020-00472-9. ISSN 1869-5590.

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In security-critical situations in the maritime area, ship-based deployment of remotely piloted aircraft systems could enable automated acquisition of aerial images and other sensor data. If intervention is required, response times of federal institutions could be shortened significantly without endangering personnel. This paper gives an overview of research undertaken at DLR in cooperation with the German Federal Police for Maritime Tasks. For a safe ship deck landing of an unmanned rotorcraft a combination of precise navigation and tethered landing system has been developed and patented. Relative double difference algorithms are used for precise navigation of the rotorcraft to a hover point over the ship deck. From there, an electromagnetic winch is lowered from the rotorcraft that connects to the ship deck. The resulting cable connection is used for aligning the rotorcraft during landing and securing it on the ship deck afterwards. First demonstrations on a real ship deck show the feasibility of the system.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/140951/
Document Type:Article
Title:Maritime operation of an unmanned rotorcraft with tethered ship deck landing system
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schuchardt, Bianca IsabellaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1251-3594UNSPECIFIED
Dautermann, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9469-5613UNSPECIFIED
Krause, StefanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6969-0036UNSPECIFIED
Peinecke, NiklasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6683-2323UNSPECIFIED
Schwoch, GunnarUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7507-7131UNSPECIFIED
Date:24 September 2020
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-9
Series Name:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Keywords:Unmanned aerial vehicle, Drone, Ship deck landing, Cable landing, Precise navigation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Schuchardt, Dr.-Ing. Bianca Isabella
Deposited On:24 Feb 2021 19:58
Last Modified:23 Oct 2023 12:59

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