ICUAS 2020 Paper Abstract


Paper ThC2.4

Bektash, O. (Aalborg University), Ramirez Gomez, Aitor (Aalborg University), Naundrup Pedersen, Jacob (Aalborg University), la Cour-Harbo, Anders (Aalborg University)

Automated Emergency Landing System for Drones: SafeEYE Project

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Fail-Safe Systems" (ThC2), Thursday, September 3, 2020, 18:00−18:20, Kozani

2020 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), September 1-4, 2020 (Postponed from June 9-12, 2020), Athens, Greece

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on September 25, 2020

Keywords Fail-Safe Systems, Levels of Safety, Risk Analysis


Automated emergency response systems have been the focus for development of more reliable and robust safety systems, from simpler ones to the most complex. For drones, such systems can be designed to allow compliance standards, track safe places for landing and provide an easier development for operational process. Although many works have acknowledged a need for automated response to deal with the increasing drone safety concerns, the literature is still scarce on research incorporating drone operations. Given this outlook, this paper presents the SafeEYE project, which was initiated to develop and commercialise an automated emergency landing system for larger (> 7 kg) drones. The system consists of a small embedded computer, mounted on a drone, that keeps track of safe places to land, or even crash, as well as the health state of the drone. When there is a failure condition, the device can monitor and detect issues using vibration data, select potential landing zones via a convolutional neural network framework and terminate the flight with the least probability of fatalities. This means a significantly reduced risk for automated, typically Beyond Visual Line of Sight, operations. Therefore, SafeEYE has the potential to become a safety enabler for many applications, including farming, inspection, transportation, search and rescue. With the risk mitigation ability, the project aims at achieving formal approval of the Danish authorities and abroad. SafeEYE is planned to be manufactured as a standalone unit, provided first through drone technology suppliers and later to service providers and manufacturers of autopilots.



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