ASTM F3201 - 16

    Standard Practice for Ensuring Dependability of Software Used in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

    Active Standard ASTM F3201 | Developed by Subcommittee: F38.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.11


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard practice intends to ensure the dependability of UAS software. Dependability includes both the safety and security aspects of the software.

    1.2 This practice will focus on the following areas: (a) Organizational controls (for example, management, training) in place during software development. (b) Use of the software in the system, including its architecture and contribution to overall system safety and security. (c) Metrics and design analysis related to assessing the code. (d) Techniques and tools related to code review. (e) Quality assurance. (f) Testing of the software.

    1.3 There is interest from industry and some parts of the CAAs to pursue an alternate means of compliance for software assurance for small UAS (sUAS).

    1.4 This practice is intended to support sUAS operations. It is assumed that the risk of sUAS will vary based on concept of operations, environment, and other variables. The fact that there are no souls onboard the UAS may reduce or eliminate some hazards and risks. However, at the discretion of the CAA, this practice may be applied to other UAS operations.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ISO Standards

    ISO 9001 Quality Management SystemsRequirements

    ICAO Standard

    ICAO 9859 Safety Management Manual

    RTCA Standards

    RTCA DO-178C

    RTCA DO-326 Airworthiness Security Process Specification


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 35.240.60 (IT applications in transport and trade); 49.020 (Aircraft and space vehicles in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 43230000(Software); 25130000(Aircraft)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F3201-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3201-16, Standard Practice for Ensuring Dependability of Software Used in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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