Self-landing uncrewed aerial vehicles

 

As industrial and recreational use of drones or uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) increases, so do requirements around their safety and privacy.

Researchers at Polytechnique Montréal, the University of Waterloo, and the NRC are teaming up to develop a small, lightweight, low-power device that can be installed on existing commercial UAVs. This device will enable UAVs to safely land indoors or outdoors when problems arise with their navigational and sensory systems, and ensure in-motion human and object avoidance that meets Transport Canada regulations.

Collaborators

Objectives

  • Enable UAVs to safely land indoors or outdoors, even when problems arise with their navigational and sensory systems, whether due to accident, technical failure or attack
  • Provide UAVs with important safety features such as automated object- and human-avoidance capabilities to support current and future regulations in this area

Deliverables

  • Small, lightweight and low-power device that can be installed on existing commercial UAVs and interfaces with the drone's flight controller. The device prevents the aircraft from flying over people, keeping a horizontal distance of 30 metres from any detected person outdoors. It helps the aircraft find a safe landing area in case of localization or remote-control communication failure.
  • End-to-end operational security, including integrity checks at the software, hardware and communications level. Operational security is maintained despite low energy, low memory, limited access to the flight control environment, and adversarial landing conditions.
  • Technical guidance documents for regulators and manufacturers.

Project team

Contact us

Margaret McKay, Program Leader, AI for Logistics Supercluster Support program
Telephone: 613-991-6853
Email: NRC.AIforLogistics.Program-Programme.IALogistique.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Giovanni Beltrame, Project Leader
Polytechnique Montreal
Email: giovanni.beltrame@polymtl.ca

Sebastian Fischmeister, Project Leader
University of Waterloo
Email: sfischme@uwaterloo.ca

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