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A Remote Test Pilot Control Station for Unmanned Research Aircraft

Laubner, Martin and Benders, Sebastian and Goormann, Lukas and Lorenz, Sven and Pruter, Insa and Rudolph, Michael (2022) A Remote Test Pilot Control Station for Unmanned Research Aircraft. In: DLRK 2022. DLRK 2022, 2022-09-27 - 2022-09-29, Dresden, Deutschland. doi: 10.25967/570296.

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First-person-view ground control stations are an alternative to overcome the drawbacks of an external remote pilot with direct visual line of sight during flight-testing of unmanned aircraft systems. In this paper, a remote test pilot control station with first-person-view for advanced flight-testing is presented. The remote test pilot control station is developed for the German Aerospace Center's ALAADy (Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery) demonstrator aircraft, a gyroplane with a maximum take-off mass of 450 kg. The paper focusses on the system design of the remote test pilot control station, which has to overcome three major challenges: fault tolerance and reliability of the system, the pilot's situational and spatial awareness and latency. The remote test pilot control station is evaluated by pilot-in-the-loop simulations within a dedicated simulation environment. Objective performance criteria as well as subjective pilot ratings based on the Cooper-Harper rating scale are used to assess the control station for the ALAADy-demonstrator in direct mode and flight controller assisted mode. The simulation results show that pilots with experience in manned gyroplanes can consistently control the ALAADy demonstrator with the remote test pilot control station in ideal windless conditions. However, in more challenging crosswind conditions, pilot induced oscillations can be observed in direct mode.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/192975/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A Remote Test Pilot Control Station for Unmanned Research Aircraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Benders, SebastianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6110-9438UNSPECIFIED
Lorenz, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2133-227XUNSPECIFIED
Date:16 December 2022
Journal or Publication Title:DLRK 2022
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Unmanned Flight Testing, Ground Control Station
Event Title:DLRK 2022
Event Location:Dresden, Deutschland
Event Type:national Conference
Event Start Date:27 September 2022
Event End Date:29 September 2022
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
Institute of Flight Systems > Unmanned Aircraft
Institute of Flight Guidance
Institute of Flight Systems > Flight Dynamics and Simulation
Deposited By: Laubner, Martin
Deposited On:09 Jan 2023 13:50
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:54

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