The increasing awareness of the vast potential uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in various industrial applications has captured the attention of society. These UAS have the ability to streamline tasks and reduce costs, particularly in on-demand delivery and medical transportation. McKinsey reports that there have been over 660,000 commercial drone deliveries to customers in the past three years, indicating the growing adoption of this technology. Additionally, Deloitte estimates a market value of US$115 billion by 2035 for package delivery using drones, with an expected growth rate of 48% by 2029.
However, the extensive use of unmanned aircraft for these purposes brings forth concerns about increased low-altitude air traffic and the potential for accidents. Ensuring the precise and timely reception of cargo, as well as proper air traffic management by Air Traffic Control (ATC), becomes crucial to realize the full potential of these applications.
Consider a scenario where a UAV takes off from an airfield located far from its mission area. If the UAV requires segregated airspace, it becomes essential to establish a predefined schedule for overflying certain areas, optimizing airspace utilization. By employing 4D trajectories, the fulfillment of this schedule can be ensured.
Multi-UAV coordination flights involve complex unmanned operations, where multiple unmanned aircraft are controlled from a single ground control station. Such missions require advanced flight control systems capable of managing the intricate operations involving multiple telemetry links and commands. While multi-UAV flights have significant military applications, controlling two UAVs simultaneously can be stressful for remote operators who must coordinate their movements to fulfill their missions. For instance, these missions may involve emulating aerial targets during military training exercises, testing radar systems against multiple platform attacks.
Certain missions may necessitate the use of two or more Unmanned Aerial Targets (UAT) simulating coordinated penetration attacks over coastlines. In such scenarios, time becomes a critical variable, creating demanding scenarios where radar systems under test need to demonstrate their capabilities. To address this need, UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía has developed the 4D Trajectory capability. This feature allows operators to configure the time at which a specific waypoint will be reached, with the autopilot adjusting the aircraft’s airspeed to ensure arrival at assigned waypoints at the specified times.
UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía’s advanced ground control software, Visionair, includes an intuitive configuration tool that simplifies on-time flight configuration. It provides a user-friendly interface for tracking flights and monitoring UAS performance, displaying the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) on the main software display.
UAV Navigation-Grupo Oesía continues to provide cutting-edge functionalities to empower their FCC customers in performing the unmanned aviation missions of the future.
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