Accession Number : ADA558464


Title :   Modeling Small Unmanned Aerial System Mishaps Using Logistic Regression and Artificial Neural Networks


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : Wolf, Sean E


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA558464


Report Date : 22 Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 117


Abstract : A dataset of 854 small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) flight experiments from 2005-2009 is analyzed to determine significant factors that contribute to mishaps. The data from 29 airframes of different designs and technology readiness levels were aggregated. 20 measured parameters from each flight experiment are investigated, including wind speed, pilot experience, number of prior flights, pilot currency, etc. Outcomes of failures (loss of flight data) and damage (injury to airframe) are classified by logistic regression modeling and artificial neural network analysis. From the analysis, it can be concluded that SUAS damage is a random event that cannot be predicted with greater accuracy than guessing. Failures can be predicted with greater accuracy (38.5% occurrence, model hit rate 69.6%). Five significant factors were identified by both the neural networks and logistic regression. SUAS prototypes risk failures at six times the odds of their commercially manufactured counterparts. Likewise, manually controlled SUAS have twice the odds of experiencing a failure as those autonomously controlled. Wind speeds, pilot experience, and pilot currency were not found to be statistically significant to flight outcomes. The implications of these results for decision makers, range safety officers and test engineers are discussed.


Descriptors :   *NEURAL NETS , *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES , AIRFRAMES , NETWORK ANALYSIS(MANAGEMENT) , UNMANNED


Subject Categories : Pilotless Aircraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE