Kineton Aerospace Unit towards Drone (UAV) Cyber Security applications

In the modern aerial technology scenario, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) are placed in the foreground thanks to their applicability to civilian, commercial, public, or leisure fields.

In general, an Unmanned Aircraft System is made of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), a Remote Pilot (RP), and a Remote Pilot Station (RPS). All the links among the UAS components are shown in
Scheme 1.

Scheme 1 – Typical UAS communication scheme

From a Cyber Security point of view, threats may affect each of the aforementioned communication lines with a proper probability of attack. This is why, within the current airspace system, an adequate safety level for all UAS operations is requested to meet aviation legal requirements.

The Kineton Aerospace Unit is moving towards the development of a Cyber Security framework applied to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The aim is to mitigate the possibility of external threats, as well as network, physical and communication attacks, by using the advantages of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for prevention and detection scopes. This ambitious challenge will also consider aspects related to temporal efficacy, robustness, accuracy, and stability.

The Kineton Aerospace Unit combines all its skills in control and automatic guidance systems gained in the automotive domain with novel skills maturing in the Cyber Security field, moved by the strong awareness of the importance of a security-empowered UAV in modern aerial applications.

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