Remotely Piloted Airplane Systems

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2222061 KZ 4 3P+1C Czech
Department of Aerospace Engineering

This course focuses on the modern concept of aircraft avionics, its design and development strategies. These systems are composed from individual HW blocks that exchange data through high-speed data busses. The existing regulatory standards and airspace sharing define requirements for the accuracy, reliability and functionality of electronic systems even in the event of a failure. The objective of the course is to present details about requirements for safety-critical multi-sensor systems, methods of data processing from overdefined systems, methods of fault detection, selection of primary computing and control system in parallel architectures, bus technology and methods of testing / airworthiness of aerospace instruments.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Integrated modular avionics - its development, standardization, architecture and use (A380, B787, UAVs).

2. Performance Based Navigation (PBN) concept, sensor requirements and accuracy.

3. Analog and digital on-board information systems and their hierarchical structures.

4. Principles and systems for ensuring the reliability of control and information systems and subsystems.

5. Methods and means of operational and emergency diagnostics and their development.

6. Software and its architecture, design of avionics systems - requirements, performance analysis, reliability and security. Airworthiness and product life cycle.

7. Integration of inertial navigation system into aircraft and spacecraft control structures.

8. Aircraft and Space Monitoring Instruments - Interface to Control Algorithms.

9. Redundant systems control strategies, back-up system switching (aircraft engines - FADEC, EEC, etc.)

10. Aviation buses architectures: ARINC 429, 629, 659. CSDB, ASCB, AFDX, MIL-1553, STANAG 3910, CAN, CANAerospace, SpaceWire, TTP, FlexRay, IEEE-1394.

11. Primary and secondary displays, their connection to flight, navigation and radar systems, EFIS, ECAM, EICAS, GPWS.

12. Certification process for avionics design - requirements, performance, reliability and safety analysis. ICAO, EASA, local law, Non-Transferred Products. TSO Standard, Requirements and Expected Outputs for DO-178 and HW SW Certification according to DO-178 (SW) and DO-160 (HW).

13. Methods of analysis and testing of EMI and EMS aircraft systems. Aircraft design rules, EMC.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1.Introduction, the assignment of individual homework.

2.Introduction to the development tools.

3.Presentation of the first part of individual work.

4.Measurement - task set - AHRS Unit - Standard Atmosphere.

5.Measurement - task set - Magnetic compass - calibration and determination of the course.

6.Measurement - task set - Orientation - positioning angles.

7.Measurement - task set - Data fusion algorithms - IMU and magnetometer.

8.Measurement - task set - Control systems.

9.Individual homework - excursions.

10.Individual homework.

11.Individual homework.

12.Individual homework.


Study Objective:

The subject will introduce students into the technology used on the unmanned aerial vehicles with special attention to sensors, the required precision for the safe flight and the ability to maintain stabilisation. These topics will be covered in details: calibration issues and specific problems with inertial sensors, magnetometer and data fusion algorithms. The topics discussed will be solved in the exercises in the individual tasks on simplified examples.

Study materials:

-Cary R. Spitzer: The Avionics Handbook (Electrical Engineering Handbook), CRC Press, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-84938-348-9

-Jitendra R. Raol: Multi-Sensor Data Fusion, CRC Press, 2009, ISBN 9781439800034.

-Erik Blasch, DRDC Valcartier, Eloi Bosse, DRDC Valcartier, Dale Lambert: High-Level Information Fusion Management and Systems Design, Artech House, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-60807-151-7.

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