Crashing Into Safe Autonomous Flight

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A safety crash net was assembled to help save the vehicle from extensive damage. (NASA)

NASA’s Safeguard uses geo-fencing technology to create no-fly zones for any equipped UAV to assure it only operates in approved airspace. It can also be used to establish flight ceilings to ensure a UAV’s flight remains under its allowable maximum altitude.

Safeguard can alleviate the dangers of unmanned aircraft flying beyond their authorized perimeters by taking immediate action. In the event of a boundary violation, Safeguard can prompt a UAV to stop and find an alternate route, perform an emergency landing, and if all else fails, cut the power completely to disable the vehicle.