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CONCORDE: Flight Operations for Novel Continuous Descents

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Sponsor: CleanSky JU

Initial date: Mar 2014 -- Final date: Dec 2015

ITD Area: Systems for Green Operations (SGO)

Reference: ITD-SGO-03-021/620130

 

ITD Manager: NLR (Nationaal Lucht-en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium)
Partners:
 Pildo Labs, UPC-ICARUS
Project Lider: Pildo Labs 
ICARUS team: Ramon Dalmau, Xavier Prats
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Xavier Prats

Overview
CONCORDE is a CleanSky project in the Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITD) area of Systems for Green Operations (SGO) and workpackage of Management of Trajectory and Mission (MTM). The aim of CONCORDE is to define, prepare, perform and analise two flight simulator experiments, as a first step before to a final Flight Test of advanced continuous descent approaches (CDA). The project will support the aircraft integration process prior to the flight tests. The concept of operations of advanced 4D trajectories using state of the art trajectory optimisaiton and re-planning algorithms and controller to pilot data link communications (CPDLC) will be evaluated in the project. CONCORDE consortium is formed by engineers from Pildo Labs and UPC and three qualified Captains, the three of them with Airbus A330 type ratings, along with instructor and examiner qualifications.

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FASTOP: Fast optimiser for continuous descent approaches

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Sponsor: CleanSky JU
Initial date:
Nov 2012 -- Final date: Feb 2014

ITD Area: Systems for Green Operations (SGO)

Reference: ITD-SGO-03-017/323495

ITD Manager: NLR (Nationaal Lucht-en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium)
Partners:
GTD, UPC-ICARUS, ASCAMM-CTAE
Project Lider: GTD 
ICARUS team: Xavier Prats, Cristina Barrado, Marc Pérez-Batlle  
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Xavier Prats

Overview
FASTOP is a CleanSky project in the Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITD) area of Systems for Green Operations (SGO) and workpackage of Management of Trajectory and Mission (MTM). The objective of FASTOP is to develop a fast optimisation algorithm for continuous descent approaches based on previous NLR developments using time and energy models. FASTOP will solve a complex and highly non-linear optimal control problem by using direct collocation techniques and non linear programming (NLP). The project will also address certification and industrial considerations in order to make an step further in the Technology Readiness Level (TRL). The resulting optimisation algorithm is expected to run in (near-) real-time and will be integrated in the NLR's APERO research flight simulator for a final validation.

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ICARUS-II: Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems II

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Sponsor: Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
Initial date:
Jan 2011 -- Final date: Dec 2013

Programme: CICYT                                   
Reference: TIN2010-18989  
Partners: ICARUS                                                                             
Project Lider: ICARUS                                                                        
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Eduard Santamaria, Pablo Royo, Juan Lopez, Xavier Prats, Luis Delgado, Jorge Ramirez, Esther Salamí, Miguel Valero
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

Overview
This research project focus on the development of new hardware and software architectures to control the mission and pay-load in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The objective is the research on new technology for the control systems, giving the UAVs full operative capacity. The focus of the research are the following concepts: easy development, flexibility, interoperability and cost reduction.

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Smooth UAV: Evaluation and new strategies for the smooth integration of civil mission oriented UAV in non-segregated airspace.

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Sponsor: Eurocontrol

Initial date: Jun 2008 -- Final date: May 2013

Programme: Research grants                                     
Reference: A07/12075BE                  
Partners: ICARUS                                                                             
Project Lider: ICARUS                                                                        
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Eduard Santamaria, Pablo Royo, Juan Lopez, Xavier Prats, Luis Delgado, Jorge Ramirez                                                        
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

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Overview

In a near future, operative UAVs will fly over large extensions of airspace following non-traditional patterns. Their objective will not be moving from one point to the other but to monitor portions of terrain or some natural phenomena. This project is assessing the challenges that will arise, from an ATM point of view, this kind of operations in civil non-segregated airspace.


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MIMA: Mission and Management for UAS. A technology evaluator.

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Sponsor: CIDEM - Generalitat de Catalunya
Initial date:
Dec 2009 -- Final date: Dec 2011

Programme: VALTEC projects 
Reference: 09-2-0099

Partners: ICARUS
Project Lider: ICARUS
ICARUS team: Pablo Royo, Esther Salamí, Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

Overview

Forest fires are an important problem for many countries. The economical loss is the most visible impact in the short term. The ecological damage and the impact on the wild life diversity and climate change are the most important factors in the long term. Up to now, satellites like NASAs MODIS system have been the primary source for strategic large area thermal imaging. Tactical monitoring has been until recently reduced to observation from the ground or from some dedicated aerial resource like command and control helicopters. However, little technological support has been available to those in charge of these monitoring tasks.A UAS platform capable of over flying the area of a forest fire and with capacity of operating from non-prepared terrains would be an extremely valuable information gathering asset in several well defined circumstances: surveillance during day and specially night, and early morning or late afternoon monitoring of post-fire hot-spots during the following days of the extinction. 

This project develops the Sky-Eye system, a helicopter-based UAS platform that together with its  hardware/software architecture is designed to facilitate the development of wildfire remote sensing applications. The Sky-Eye UAS will improve the overall awareness by providing tactical support to wildfire monitoring and control of ground squads. Sky-Eye employs existing COTS technology that can be immediately deployed on the field on-board medium sized UAS helicopters at a reasonable cost. Sky-Eye is built on top an user-parameterizable architecture called USAL (UAS Service Abstraction Layer). This architecture defines a collection of standard services and their interrelations as a basic starting point for further development. Functionalities like enhanced flight-plans, a mission control engine, data storage, communications management, etc. are offered.

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ICARUS-I: Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Sponsor: Spanish Ministry of Science and innovation

Programme: CICYT                                              Initial date: Oct 2007
Reference: TIN2007.63927                                  Final date: Sep 2010
Partners: ICARUS                                                                             
Project Lider: ICARUS                                                                        
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Eduard Santamaria, Pablo Royo, Juan Lopez, Xavier Prats, Jorge Ramirez, Marc Solé, Marco Antonio Peña                                                       
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

Overview
This research project focus on the development of new hardware and software architectures to control the mission and pay-load in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The objective is the research on new technology for the control systems, giving the UAVs full operative capacity. The focus of the research are the following concepts: easy development, flexibility, interoperability and cost reduction.

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PLATINO

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Sponsor: Spanish Ministry of Science and innovation

Programme: Platino                                            Initial date: Jul 2009
Reference: PSE-370000-2009-13                       Final date: Mar 2010  
Partners:
Project Leader:
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Xavier Prats, Pablo Royo, Eduard Santamaria, Juan López.
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

 

AERUS: Automatic Economic Reconfigurable UAV System

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Sponsor: Generalitat de Catalunya, DURSI

Programme Pyrinees work community (CTP)       Initial date: Mar 2008
Reference: 2007ITT00014                                  Final date: Feb 2010  
Partners: ICARUS, ENAC, Aerovisión                                                                             
Project Leader: ICARUS                                                                        
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Xavier Prats, Eduard Santamaria, Pablo Royo, Juan Lopez, Jorge Ramírez, Esther Salamí                                                        
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

Overview
To study the usage of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for two surveillance missions: smoke detection mission and hot spot location mission using Fulmar with the Paparazzi system.  

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EVSIRBURG: Feasibility study of a UAV and GNSS based flight inspection system

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Contractor: INDRA Espacio

Programme: Outsourcing for a CDTI project        Initial date: Nov 2008
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Partners: ICARUS                                                                             
Project Leader: ICARUS                                                                        
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Xavier Prats, Jorge Ramirez, Marc Pérez, Joan Fons, Carlos Ferraz, Jordi Carlos García                                                        
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

Overview
Evaluate the concept of a unmanned flight inspection system, constraints and opportunities in front of conventional flight inspection systems.

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Sky-Eye: Aerial system for the detection, control and analysis of wild forest fires

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Sponsor: Spanish ministry of industry

Programme: PROFIT-Tractor                                 Initial date: Jan 2006
Reference: FIT-330101-2006-41                          Final date: Dec 2007  
Partners: Aerovision, ICARUS, Infinifish, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)                                          
Project Leader: Aerovision
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Xavier Prats, Marco Peña, Eduard Santamaria, Pablo Royo, Juan Lopez
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor

Overview
To study the usage of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for wild forest fires. The Fulmar platform from Aerovision was equipped with ICARUS middleware avionics and UAB camera and sensor technology.
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APV-CAT: Study of APV-EGNOS based approach procedures for the Catalan network of aerodromes

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Contractor: Pildo Labs

Programme: Outsourcing for a CIDEM project.    Initial date: Jan 2005
Reference: 0300S-6699-2005                           Final date: Dec 2007  
Partners: ICARUS                                                                            
Project Leader: ICARUS                                                                        
ICARUS team: Xavier Prats, Josep Montolio, Carlos Gonzalez                                                        
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Xavier Prats

Overview
Study of how ENGOS could significantly improve the navigation conditions at the secondary network of aerodromes in Catalonia. Development of a software aimed at designing RNAV procedures by using digital cartography.


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