Design and Implementation of a Wireless Kill-Switch System for Multi-Agent Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Testing
Technical Report,01 Apr 2019,20 Sep 2019
US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground
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The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory Guidance Technologies Branch has developed a wireless kill-switch system to support the safe and secure execution of multi-agent unmanned aerial system UAS test events. This system allows a single operator to quickly and reliably disable one or more UASs in the event of unexpected flight behavior. The operator interfaces with the system through a ground station consisting of mechanical switches and status LEDs. A radio device in the ground station provides a wireless link to air units installed on each UAS. The air units operate independently from the UAS flight controller and are capable of disabling a UAS even in the event of a failed flight controller.
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