Drones Functional Safety Management and Testing Plan

Safety and reliability for drones

Drones are not an exception when we speak about guarantee the optimal function of the system, in line with electrical and electronic devices. As is expected, functional safety evaluation is a critical and important task.

Safety and reliability are two concepts which have gained importance over the years. There are several potential hazards around a drones operation. A functional evaluation is required with a minimum acceptance criterion in order to mitigate the associated risks from the development stage and along the entire lifecycle.

At this point, we are going to provide further explanation about the process to ensure the optimal performance of your drone system.

From Alter Technology, we want to transmit the importance of develop a Drone Functional Safety Management Plan.

The existing risks and hazards will be mitigated with corrective measured proposed by our Team.

This Plan also includes:

  1. Systems’ Verification and Validation
  2. Audits
  3. Functional Safety assessment.

In this concern, the Functional Assessment Services (FAS), designed by our company, include two relevant aspects to ensure a safe development of a drone: our Functional Safety Management Plan and Functional testing Plan

Our Services

Functional Safety Management Plan (IEC 61508)

There is no regulation which specifically requires the compliance with IEC 61508.

However, is a highly recommendable standard for managing the functional safety process inside the Drone market.

A company that chooses to use safety instrumented functions to manage risks, needs to demonstrate that it has complied reasonable steps:

1. Identification of our customers’ product or process needs, including Hardware & Software, for the accomplishment of the Standard requirements.

2. Drones products’ safety risks and hazards identification, considering mitigation measures.

3. Verification and validation.

4. Functional Safety Audit and Assessment.

drones functional safety management plan

Functional testing

Related to the Functional compliance verification, according to declared drone functionalities, these systems must show to a safe execution of:


  1. Take-off and landing
  2. Flight modes
  3. Autonomy
  4. Navigation


All of them should avoid unacceptable risks and hazards caused by an inappropriate behaviour of the system.

Your benefit


Our competences

With these services, stakeholders can get enormous advantages, beginning with the improvement of the quality of your product in the diverse development phases. in parallel, it helps to increase the product reliability together with the over cost risks’ reduction and harm avoidance.

These processes have involved suppliers and importers placing a product on the drone market, designers and manufacturers looking to assure a safe conception and construction of their products and also operators and maintenance personnel.

Alter Technology professionals have extensive experience in the drone market and Functional Assessment Sistem activities:

  • Mechanical design and failure analysis.
  • Hardware Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMECA).
  • Hardware and Software testing.
  • Drones risk assessment.

We should always keep on mind the advantages related to Functional Safety. For example, overcost reduction represents an important benefit for the client, as the increment of the drones reliability let us gain lifetime for the system.

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