College of Aeronautics
The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) has increased significantly in the past year. Geographic fencing (geo-fencing) is software built into most medium-cost consumer sUAS. This software is typically used to limit the altitude above launch point, the flight distance from the transmitting controller, and/or restrict flight inside a no-fly zone. While the concept of a geo-fence is simplistic, the human-computer-interface (HCI) varies drastically among platforms, and even between software iterations on the same platform. This research examines the HCI of three popular consumer-level sUAS with regard to geo-fencing. The software procedures and human interface for the DJI Inspire-1, 3D Robotics IRIS+, and Yuneec Typhoon Q500+ were evaluated through review of relevant literature, software, and flight-testing. This assessment yielded several recommendations for geo-fencing software for sUAS.
Advances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors
Scholarly Commons Citation
Thirtyacre, D., Brents, R., Goldfein, M., Hunter, D., Ison, D., & Terwilliger, B. (2016). Standardization of human-computer-interface for geo-fencing in small unmanned aircraft systems. (pp. 761-771). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-41694-6_73