Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Activity 2.7

Case Analysis: Human Factors The human Element
Dustin T Roybal
03 November 2013
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University


Unmanned Aerospace Systems (UAS) are highly advanced technological systems, UASs are remotely piloted, with some basic autonomous functions.  In the future, it may be possible that UASs will become completely autonomous vehicles, but until then the human pilot must remain a part of the overall system.  Since UASs require the constant attention of the pilots, who must keep a hand on the controls at all times and who are removed from the aircraft itself, this leaves a large opening for error.  With the pilot removed from the cockpit, the pilot must rely solely on the aircraft sensors.  This limits the pilot’s abilities greatly: the pilot no longer has the natural ability to detect change in velocity, pitch, roll and yaw of the aircraft.  For this reason and due to the high stakes involved with Unmanned Vehicles, the operators must undergo constant training to minimize mistakes leading to the loss of aircraft and possibly life should a drone flying in national airspace crash on civilian populated areas or accidently strike civilian targets in military operations.  

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