Tobias Paul is Project Manager and Vice Flight Operations Manager for Tactical UAS at ESG within the experimental systems department. He is the responsible programme manager for the unmanned flying mission avionics testbed UMAT. In addition, he has a long years lasting and ongoing relationship to manned-unmanned teaming topics. During the last years, he was responsible for projects with respect to mission management, increase of UA autonomy, and communication also. Tobias Paul has a background as electrical engineer with a focus on control theory and robotics and is certified as PMI project management professional (PMP).
Relevant Project References
– UMAT / Unmanned Mission Avionics Test Bed
– CRoW / Cognitive Rotorcraft Wingman
– Automatic Landing Site Reconnaissance for Helicopter using VTOL-Drones
– Verbund Hubschrauber – abgesetzte Sensorplattform / Manned-Unmanned Teaming
UMAT R-350 is a 150kg MTOW unmanned helicopter. The UMAT is used to perform test flight evaluating non-qualified equipment, algorithms, and procedures. The test flights are conducted in LOS and BVLOS conditions. Evaluating R&D algorithms for autonomous flight, it is crucial, that no command forces the helicopter to leave the permitted airspace. The presentation shows the activities undertaken to prevent the unintended leaving of the permitted airspace, both from the planning point of view and supported by automated sub systems. The presentation closes with an outlook of requirements for an automatic geofencing subsystem.