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Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery

Towards Autonomous Cargo Transportation with Drones

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  • Explores the impact of the SORA on design and application of heavy-lift cargo UAS

  • Examines the interrelation of use-cases, autonomy, airspace integration and safe operation of UAS

  • Presents demonstrations of the system design and a selected aircraft configuration

Part of the book series: Research Topics in Aerospace (RTA)

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Part I: Low Risk Operations of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Operations Risk Based Concept for Specific Cargo Drone Operation in Low Altitudes

      • Florian Nikodem, Daniel Rothe, Jörg S. Dittrich
      Pages 25-48
  3. Part III: System Components and Safe Autonomy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 245-245
    2. Cargo Drone Airspace Integration in Very Low Level Altitude

      • Niklas Peinecke, Thorsten Mühlhausen
      Pages 247-262
    3. Human Machine Interface Aspects of the Ground Control Station for Unmanned Air Transport

      • Max Friedrich, Niklas Peinecke, Dagi Geister
      Pages 289-301
    4. Data Link Concept for Unmanned Aircraft in the Context of Operational Risk

      • Lukas Marcel Schalk, Dennis Becker
      Pages 303-332
    5. Detect and Avoid for Unmanned Aircraft in Very Low Level Airspace

      • Lukas Marcel Schalk, Niklas Peinecke
      Pages 333-351
    6. Trajectory Risk Modelling and Planning for Unmanned Cargo Aircraft

      • Simon Schopferer, Alexander Donkels
      Pages 353-391
    7. Safe Operation Monitoring for Specific Category Unmanned Aircraft

      • Sebastian Schirmer, Christoph Torens
      Pages 393-419

About this book

This book investigates Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with a payload capacity of one metric ton for transportation. The authors provide a large variety of perspectives–from economics to technical realization. With the focus on such heavy-lift cargo UAS, the authors consider recently established methods for approval and certification, which they expect to be disruptive for unmanned aviation. In particular, the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) and its impact on the presented technological solutions and operational concepts are studied. Starting with the assumption of an operation over sparsely populated areas and below common air traffic, diverse measures to further reduce operational risks are proposed. Operational concepts derived from logistics use-cases set the context for an in-depth analysis including aircraft and system design, safe autonomy as well as airspace integration and datalinks. Results from simulations and technology demonstrations are presented as a proof of concept for solutions proposed in this book.

Keywords

  • unmanned air transportation
  • drone design
  • airspace integration
  • unmanned aircraft
  • system architecture
  • UAV
  • DLR

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Flight Systems, German Aerospace Center, Braunschweig, Germany

    Johann C. Dauer

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USD 44.99
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-83144-8
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  • Readable on all devices
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Hardcover Book
USD 59.99
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