Electromagnetic Susceptibility of COTS Control Systems

Authors

  • Randall L. Musselman US Air Force Academy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Brian J. Neff US Air Force Academy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Keywords:

COTS, EMC, susceptibility, UAV

Abstract

COTS control systems used on small UAVs were investigated for EMC vulnerabilities. Electronic speed controllers, autopilots, and inertial measurement units were electromagnetically disrupted, by modulating RF signals with waveforms that were rectified by nonlinearities. These disruptions had catastrophic effects on the functionality of the devices, without physically damaging them.

References

E. L. Kirchner and B. D. Salati, “An EMC Design Approach for Integrating COTS Equipment into an Existing Military Aircraft,” IEEE International Symposium on EMC, Seattle, WA, pp. 986-991, 1999.

R. Thottappillil and M. Backstrom, “Intentional Electromagnetic Interference and Critical Infrastructure,” 2019 URSI AP-RASC, New Delhi, India, pp. 1-1, Mar. 2019.

C. Kasmi and J. Lopes-Esteves, “Functional Susceptibility of COTS Devices to IEMI at Local and Large-scale Levels,” Int. Conf. on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, Cairns, pp. 300-420, 2016.

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2020-11-07

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