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UMS SKELDAR partners with ESG on successful demonstration of manned – unmanned teaming (MUM-T) of helicopters

By admin In UAV News

21

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2018

UMS SKELDAR partners with ESG on successful demonstration of manned – unmanned teaming (MUM-T) of helicopters

UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software, has joined forces with ESG to spotlight capabilities of UMAT rotary VTOL UAV, based on the UMS SKELDAR R-350, in pioneering airborne teaming with German Armed Forces helicopter.

UMS SKELDAR has joined forces with partner ESG to complete a range of successful exercises with the German Armed Forces demonstrating for the first time the capability of Manned – Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) between the Unmanned Mission Avionics Test Helicopter (UMAT), based on the SKELDAR R-350, and the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) Bell UH-1D Huey manned helicopter.

As part of a live demonstration, ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH and UMS SKELDAR revealed their technological expertise for system integration and mission systems in the field of manned and unmanned aerial systems. Proving the tactical benefits of UAV deployment in operations, the demonstration realised the increase in reach and forward reconnaissance of manned platforms to potentially dangerous situations including frontline battlespace.

ESG carried out joint demonstration flights of the (manned) mission equipment carrier (MAT) on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Federal Armed Forces (BAAINBw) at the airfield of the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle WTD-61 (Bundeswehr Technical and Airworthiness Centre for Aircraft), Manching Air Base, near Munich.

In the joint exercise, the German Army Aviation experimental pilot took the role of Mission Commander, co-ordinating with in-air displays to monitor the UMAT payload data/video stream, as a UMAT position on a Sense & Avoid display/moving map. ESG proved how a UAV teamed with a manned helicopter can be controlled as an Unmanned Wingman on a command basis.

“By partnering with UMS SKELDAR, we have successfully demonstrated to the Bundeswehr a range of manned-unmanned teaming missions,” explains Christoph Weber, head of the Business Unit Defense and Public Security for ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH. “This proved both the comprehensive functionality of the manned/unmanned platforms as well as the secure communication and data transmission over the appropriate data links.”

Missions included the provision of reconnaissance data from a location, exploration of forest perimeters between positions and the clarification of possible landing zones for the helicopter. These highly complex tasks were only possible thanks to the high degree of automation of systems in the unmanned UMAT platform, including route, sensor and data link management. The route planning took place, for example, considering threats, flight areas, sensor characteristics and data link coverage.

Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman, CEO of UMS SKELDAR explains: “This demonstration project is a significant development and is a testament to our enduring relationship with ESG and the long-term partnership with the German Armed Forces in delivering flexible and mission-proven UAV assets. Throughout, we provided real evidence of the development of appropriate technologies and procedures for a wide range of deployment scenarios of the joint Manned-Unmanned team for the German Armed Forces.”

The flights were a key milestone in the project MiDEA (mission monitoring by drones for reconnaissance), forming an integral element of the ESG MUM-T (Manned-Unmanned-Teaming) programme and VTOL-UAS technology roadmap.

For more information on UMS SKELDAR, including its world-leading platforms, click on http://umsskeldar.aero/.

Published at Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:02:11 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}New ISO Draft Standards for Drone Operations released for comment

ISO Draft International Standards for Drone Operations are formally released today for a public consultation, with drone professionals, academics, businesses and the general public is invited to submit comments by 21 Jan 2019 with final adoption of these Standards expected in the US, UK and worldwide in 2019.

Today’s announcement by ISO is the first important step in the standardisation of the global drone industry, encompassing applications for all environments – Surface, Underwater, Air and Space. The first drone Standards, announced today, are particularly significant for the general public and Government, in that they address Operational Requirements of the more recognised and prevalent aerial drones, including protocols on Safety, Security and overall ‘Etiquette’ for the use of drones, which will shape regulation and legislation going forward. They are the first in a four-part series for aerial drones, with the next three addressing General Specifications, Manufacturing Quality and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM).

Air safety

A prime characteristic of the ISO Standards announced today, is their focus on air safety, which is at the forefront of public attention in connection with airports and other sensitive locations. The new Standards act as a new ‘etiquette’ for drones which promote and reinforce compliance regarding no-fly zones, local regulation, flight log protocols, maintenance, training and flight planning documentation. Social responsibility is also at the heart of the Standards, strengthening the responsible use of a technology that aims to improve and not obstruct everyday life. The effectiveness of the Standards in improving air safety will be further strengthened by the rapid development of geo-fencing* and of counter-drone technology*, providing frontline protection against ‘rogue’ drone use.

Privacy and data protection

The Standards are also set to address public concerns surrounding privacy and data protection, demanding that operators must have appropriate systems to handle data alongside communications and control planning when flying. The hardware and software of all related operating equipment must also be kept up to date.  Significantly, the fail-safe of human intervention is required for all drone flights, including autonomous operations, ensuring that drone operators are accountable.

The exciting future for drones

Empowered by Standards, drones are set to provide the key to some of the most pressing economic, transport, security, environmental and productivity challenges faced by governments and industry throughout the world, reducing road traffic, easing congestion, saving lives through a reduction in accidents and reducing pollution in our cities.  As well as speeding up the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects, drones are expected to reduce the need for some major transport projects altogether.

New exciting applications for drones are being developed daily. In particular revolutionary approaches are emerging for freight and passenger transportation, with drones providing a cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative to traditional methods, relieving the burden on our already stretched road traffic system. Further applications in the agricultural, maritime, construction and energy sectors, among others, are already transforming businesses, with all industries and business sectors set to benefit from the Standards-led adoption of drone technology.

https://www.iso.org/committee/5336224.html

Published at Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:56:35 +0000

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