15:00, 25 minutes
Delivering an integrated airspace for the future
Determining safe landing zones is an essential part of many types of UAS missions. It is often important to identify safe landing zones along the route in case of an emergency during a flight or to be able to determine the best destination landing spot for example when delivering supplies to military ops and doing emergency medical delivery.
Certain conditions must be met to classify an area as a good candidate as a safe landing site:
* Safely away from hazardous obstructions
* Suitable based on terrain, land classification (e.g. roads, forest, swamp)
* Reachability with reduced capacity, e.g. the drone unable to climb.
Candidates for safe landing zones can be calculated using terrain data and land classification along the planned route. In the flight planning safe landing zones can then be displayed, so that the drone can start its mission with good candidate areas where it can land safely. If needed the route can be dynamically adjusted to ensure that safe landing is possible during all of the mission.
Another vital part of UAV mission planning is the ability to calculate the best UAS route for a mission taking a number of parameters, including terrain and no-go zones into account. One type of such route is nap of earth flight that follows the terrain as much as possible making the drone difficult to detect.
The presentation will include video that illustrates and exemplifies the display and analysis of geospatial information for UAS.