Volocopter has filed a patent for a method of flight path control for aircraft, defining boundaries of authorized airspace with hard, warning, and soft boundaries. The system calculates and dynamically adjusts boundaries based on aircraft parameters to ensure safety and compliance. GlobalData’s report on Volocopter gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Flight path control method for aircraft with defined airspace boundaries

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Volocopter GmbH

A patent application (Publication Number: US20230377469A1) describes a method for flight path control of an aircraft, where boundaries of authorized airspace are defined, including hard boundaries, warning boundaries, and soft boundaries. The method involves dynamically calculating the location of these boundaries based on parameters of the aircraft's flight status, such as speed, altitude, and path angle. By continuously monitoring these parameters, the system checks for potential infringements of the boundaries and initiates safety or emergency measures as needed. Additionally, the distance between boundaries is dynamically adjusted based on the aircraft's speed and flight direction, ensuring optimal control and safety measures.

Furthermore, the patent application details a flight path control system for aircraft that implements the described method. This system includes a computer-assisted flight path controller capable of calculating boundary locations based on real-time flight status parameters. By continuously monitoring and dynamically adjusting these boundaries, the system can effectively prevent boundary infringements and initiate control measures when necessary. The system also considers factors such as environmental conditions and flight direction to optimize safety measures. The patent application also covers the integration of this flight path control system into aircraft, ensuring enhanced safety and control during missions.

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