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  • February 2007

    NASA/TM-2007-214539

    Preliminary Considerations for Classifying Hazards of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Kelly J. Hayhurst, Jeffrey M. Maddalon, Paul S. Miner, and George N. Szatkowski Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Michael L. Ulrey The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington Michael P. DeWalt Certification Services, Inc., East Sound, Washington Cary R. Spitzer AvioniCon, Williamsburg, Virginia

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    February 2007

    NASA/TM-2007-214539

    Preliminary Considerations for Classifying Hazards of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Kelly J. Hayhurst, Jeffrey M. Maddalon, Paul S. Miner, and George N. Szatkowski Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Michael L. Ulrey The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington Michael P. DeWalt Certification Services, Inc., East Sound, Washington Cary R. Spitzer AvioniCon, Williamsburg, Virginia

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    Acknowledgments The work documented in this report contains technical contributions from joint work between government and industry representatives participating in NASA’s Access 5 program. In particular, Robin Cahhal-Simpson from General Atomics, Jamie Ferensic from Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Paul Myer and Russell Morris from the Boeing Company contributed to discussions about classification of hazards for unmanned systems, and also contributed to conducting a preliminary functional hazard assessment of a generic unmanned aircraft system. Our thanks go to each of them for their contributions to this work.

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    Table of Contents 1 INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................................................................1 2 REGULATIONS GOVERNING DESIGN HAZARDS FOR MANNED AIRCRAFT.....................................2 3 DEFINING HAZARD CLASSIFICATIONS FOR A UAS .................................................................................5 4 APPLYING FUNCTIONAL HAZARD ASSESSMENT TO A UAS..................................................................9

    4.1 FHA FUNDAMENTALS.......................................................................................................................................10 4.2 FAILURE CONDITIONS FOR A UAS ....................................................................................................................12 4.3 PHASES OF FLIGHT FOR A UAS .........................................................................................................................13

    5 FUNCTIONAL DECOMPOSITION OF A GENERIC UAS............................................................................14 5.1 PURPOSE OF FUNCTIONAL DECOMPOSITION ......................................................................................................14 5.2 THE SAE ARP 4761 APPROACH TO FUNCTIONAL DECOMPOSITION ..................................................................14 5.3 UAS FUNCTIONAL DECOMPOSITION..................................................................................................................15

    5.3.1 Low-level Function Template....................................................................................................................20 5.3.2 An Example of Low-level Functions..........................................................................................................21

    6 FUNCTIONAL HAZARD ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW .................................................................................22 6.1 ASSIGNMENT OF FAILURE CONDITION SEVERITIES ...........................................................................................22 6.2 EXAMPLE FHA ENTRIES ...................................................................................................................................25

    6.2.1 Example from the “Execute Flight Path Command” Function ...............................................................26 6.2.2 Example from the “Detect Air Traffic” Function ....................................................................................26 6.2.3 Example from the “Determine Contingency Command” Function .........................................................27

    6.3 SUMMARY STATISTICS ......................................................................................................................................28 7 ELECTROMAGNETIC CONSIDERATIONS ..................................................................................................29

    7.1 HIRF CONSIDERATIONS....................................................................................................................................30 7.2 SINGLE EVENT UPSET CONSIDERATIONS ..........................................................................................................30

    8 SUMMARY............................................................................................................................................................31 9 REFERENCES ......................................................................................................................................................31 APPENDIX: UAS PRELIMINARY FUNCTIONAL HAZARD ASSESSMENT ..............................................35

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    Acronyms AC Advisory Circular

    AGT Air/Ground Transition

    ARP Aerospace Recommended Practices

    ATC Air Traffic Control

    ATM Air Traffic Management

    CCA Common Cause Analysis

    CFR Code of Federal Regulations

    C2 Command and Control

    FAR Federal Aviation Regulations

    FHA Functional Hazard Assessment

    FP Flight Path

    FTA Fault Tree Analysis

    FMEA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

    FMES Failure Modes and Effects Summary

    GP Ground Path

    HIRF High Intensity Radiated Fields

    NAS National Airspace System

    PSSA Preliminary System Safety Assessment

    SAE Society of Automotive Engineers

    SEU Single Event Upset

    SSA System Safety Assessment

    UA Unmanned Aircraft

    UAS Unmanned Aircraft System

    US United States

  • Abstract

    The use of unmanned aircraft in national airspace has been characterized as the next great s