Volocopter has patented a method for monitoring the condition of VTOL-aircraft using primary and secondary controls to generate data sets entered into an estimation algorithm. The algorithm processes the data to provide an estimation result representative of the aircraft’s condition, subject to a controlled level of uncertainty. 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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Method for monitoring condition of vtol-aircraft using primary and secondary controls

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11866195B2) discloses a method for monitoring the condition of a VTOL-aircraft using a primary control for flight state control and secondary control for actuator control. The method involves generating primary and secondary data sets during operation, subjecting them to an estimation algorithm, and generating an estimation result representative of the aircraft's condition. The uncertainty in the estimation result is controlled to be equal to or lower than the uncertainties in the primary and secondary data sets. The method aims to provide accurate monitoring of the aircraft's condition by processing data from spatially distributed actuators.

Furthermore, the patent details a system for monitoring VTOL-aircraft condition, comprising controllers for primary and secondary control, an estimation algorithm, and data processing to generate an estimation result reflective of the aircraft's condition. The system is designed to handle uncertainties in data sets and provide accurate health status information for the actuators of the aircraft. The disclosed method and system are particularly relevant for electrically propelled, autonomous, multi-rotor aircraft, where precise monitoring of actuator health status is crucial for safe and efficient operation. The patent highlights the importance of utilizing primary and secondary controls in conjunction with an estimation algorithm to ensure reliable monitoring of VTOL-aircraft condition.

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