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3D Visualization to increase Situational Awareness

 

As the UAV industry keeps growing, BVLOS operations have become more significant. These kinds of operations have great potential for commercial purposes with UAVs. 

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) Operations enables a UAV to cover far greater distances, which is critical in order to perform many different tasks such as surveillance, cargo delivery, and inspection. For all these applications, the use of UAVs in BVLOS flights has proven to be a cost-effective solution. 

One of the biggest concerns when executing a BVLOS operation is safety. As the operator cannot keep an eye on the aircraft, they should read and understand the data displayed on the screen. This may lead to fatigue when a long-term mission is executed. For this reason, aerospace authorities are working to rule this kind of operation. In this sense, the FAA has just released some guidelines to increase flight safety. 

UAV Navigation, as a leading company of the UAV sector and thanks to its wide experience, is aware of this situation and includes different logics and helpers that increases the BVLOS flight safety to the system. In this way, the system incorporates multiple graphic helpers such as gauges, predictive path, alarms hierarchy, and other safety features such as the autorotation in rotary-wing platforms stall protection on fixed-wing aircraft, and the capability to configure alternative landing sites among others.

For this reason, the recently released software includes visualization features like the 3D platform model display, which helps to improve the operator situational awareness, increase responsiveness, and reduce fatigue as it has an easy tool to interpret the flight data. A synthetic representation of the aircraft may help the operator to understand what is happening with the platform with just one glance.

The execution of BVLOS missions has grown more and more common due to the multiple benefits it provides. Long-range actions in reduced execution time and without onboard pilots are available with BVLOS flights with UAVs. This way, the platform may carry out actions on hazardous areas, reducing risks that may imply the use of piloted aircraft.

During this kind of mission, the aircraft is run by autopilot since it has left the range of sight of the operator. The onboard sensors in the aircraft take control and manage the attitude, altitude, and airspeed of the platform.

This new feature highly enhances situational awareness and increases flight safety, which makes the UAV Navigation system to be aligned (or even one step forward) with the legislation demanding.

This new functionality may be used in the same computer as UAV Navigation’s GCS software Visionair is executed or may be opened in an auxiliary PC thanks to the software server/client connectivity providing the user more flexibility and customizability of the ground control station.

UAV Navigation always tries to provide its customers with innovative and cutting-edge functionalities to make their systems the most advanced solutions in the market.

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UAV Navigation is a privately-owned company that has specialized in the design of flight control solutions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) since 2004. It is used by a variety of Tier 1 aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of UAV - also known as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or 'drones'. These include high-performance tactical unmanned planes, aerial targets, mini-UAVs and helicopters.