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Safe Operation Monitoring for Specific Category Unmanned Aircraft

Schirmer, Sebastian and Torens, Christoph (2021) Safe Operation Monitoring for Specific Category Unmanned Aircraft. In: Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery - Towards Autonomous Cargo Transportation with Drones Springer.

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Future unmanned aircraft systems are allowed to incorporate operational aspects for flight approval due to the new EASA specific category. Incorporating operational aspects offer new possibilities for the verification and validation of complex functions used especially in highly automated vehicles. For these functions, verification and validation can focus on predefined operational aspects prior to flight. In-flight, limits of the operation are monitored to assure the correct working environment for these functions resulting in a safe operation. In this paper, we present the notion of safe operation monitoring and depict operational limits to be supervised. One prominent example for such an operational limit is geofencing. Geofencing prevents an unmanned aircraft from entering a forbidden airspace by using virtual fences. Specifically, in this paper, we present an algorithm and describe parameters for the buffer distance used for the geofence boundary values. The algorithm can be highly parallelized which is important when considering realistic geofences of future operations. Further, we highlight the use of a formal specification language and simulation results which support the verification and validation of geofencing, respectively. The chosen specification language is not limited to geofencing, other operational limits can be expressed and monitored in-flight to assure the safe operation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/145080/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Safe Operation Monitoring for Specific Category Unmanned Aircraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schirmer, SebastianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4596-2479UNSPECIFIED
Torens, ChristophUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0651-4390154401634
Date:November 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery - Towards Autonomous Cargo Transportation with Drones
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Unmanned aircraft system, Formal methods, Safe operation, Monitoring, Geofencing, Risk-buffer, Simulation
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Components and Systems
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L CS - Components and Systems
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Unmanned Aerial Systems
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Deposited By: Schirmer, Sebastian
Deposited On:06 Dec 2021 21:59
Last Modified:01 Mar 2024 07:54

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