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Trajectory-Based Mission Planner for Multiple RPAS

Zillies, Julia and Geister, Dagi (2014) Trajectory-Based Mission Planner for Multiple RPAS. HCI-AERO 2014 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace, 30. Juli - 01. August 2014, USA, Silicon Valley.

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The extent to which Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are able to autonomously perform basic navigation and flight control tasks currently increases through ongoing technological advances. These novel systems and the increased mission scenario complexity present new challenges to the future RPAS pilot. These new responsibilities will include decisions at the level of mission management and mission planning, which require extensive knowledge of mission objectives and constraints, available resources and terrestrial conditions in addition to the understanding of the aircraft’s systems. The Institute of Flight Guidance of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) currently aims to develop an advanced mission planner to deal with groups of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The mission planner shall be responsible to calculate optimized mission plans based on variable mission objectives and constraints. In the context of an upcoming European demonstration project for crisis management, the new planning module will be applied to determine optimal flight paths for multiple RPA assigned to scan an area of interest in the shortest time possible. One of the key research aspects will be the determination of an appropriate level of RPAS autonomy, when trying to optimize human-machine interaction and improving situational awareness of remote pilots in controlling multiple RPA simultaneously. This contribution provides a summary of current mission planning approaches in the area of RPAS and introduces the concept of 4D trajectory-based mission planning within the framework of DLR’s RPA Ground Control Station (GCS). It also presents an analysis of the newly imposed system requirements and improvement opportunities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/86974/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Trajectory-Based Mission Planner for Multiple RPAS
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Zillies, JuliaJulia.Zillies (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Geister, DagiDagi.Geister (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:RPAS, swarm formation, mission planning, 4D-trajecory, autonomy level, ground control station
Event Title:HCI-AERO 2014 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace
Event Location:USA, Silicon Valley
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:30. Juli - 01. August 2014
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control
Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Zillies, Julia
Deposited On:07 Jan 2014 12:32
Last Modified:04 Nov 2014 17:51

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