Scenario 1: Rotary-wing UAV Landing on deck of ship


The goal of this scenario is to demonstrate the landing of a rotary wing UAV on a mobile platform, i.e. on a moving vessel. It is of particular interest to Indra to perform such manoeuvres in a fully automatic way. Together with FADA CATEC, the Integration of Airbus DS’s positioning system into the Flight Guidance System of an VTOL UAV will be realised.


Currently, flying of VTOL UAVs is performed mainly based on the positioning information determined by Global Navigation Satellite Systems combined with Inertial Systems. Especially if it comes to approach and landing, the accuracy and reliability of these systems faces significant operational limitations. Especially if the ground is moving, a dedicated landing system for the relative positioning in the last meters before touchdown is required. The use a GPS-independent positioning system closes this gap of current sensor technologies and enables a VTOL UAV to perform fully automatic take-offs and landings.


Key technical challenges in addressing this problem are: 

  • Automatic landing of a rotary wing UAV on a mobile platform.
    • Precise relative positioning and state estimation
    • Intelligent Guidance and Control
  • Increasing operational safety level.
Scenario 1: Rotary-wing UAV Landing on deck of ship