Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Mishap Taxonomy for Range Safety Reviews
RANGE COMMANDERS COUNCIL WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE United States
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Mishap lessons learned are valuable tools for use in identifying otherwise unrecognized hazards that can then be addressed and reduced to an acceptable level of risk. Lessons learned reduce the risk of exposure to unknown unknowns that have previously been encountered by others. Unproven unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs are flown on Department of Defense test and training ranges to establish test evidence of airworthiness and to demonstrate potential for acquisition. A range safety risk management process provides the test team with an assessment of risk to local personnel, property, and range operations associated with the proposed test of the unproven vehicle. This assessment is intended to allow the risk decision authority to make an informed decision and answer the question Is this unproven vehicle safe to fly on this range We used cluster analysis of mishaps to develop groups that can be defined as a common hazard scenario describing the transition from normal flight to loss of the ability to maintain normal controlled flight.