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Evaluation of the RPAS-ATM interaction in non-segregated airspace

Sponsors: SESAR


Initial date: Jul 2013 -- Final date: Jan 2016

Funding scheme: SESAR Workpackage - E

Contract Number: xxx

Partners: UPC, LevelCo, Nexodynamics
Project Lider: UPC
ICARUS team: Enric Pastor, Cristina Barrado, Marc Pérez-Batlle, Pablo Royo, Raul Cuadrado, Xavier Prats.  
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Enric Pastor


Project ERAINT will study and evaluate how RPAS (remotelly piloted aicraft systems) operational peculiarities interfere with ATM, performance limitations prescribe specific separation maneuvers, and remote management of contingencies (lost link included) requires reducing the uncertainty level of RPAS emergency management. All three aspects will be coupled with inherent requirement of improved automation, workload analysis and evaluation of airspace control capacity when a RPAS fly’s through it. Along the project, RPAS will behave as a mission-oriented airspace user that exploits automation in most of its operations and that may even become autonomous at times. Our goal is to provide a well-defined concept of operation (and outline the required automation supporting systems) for the operation under nominal ATC control, but also to manage loss of separation, in-flight contingencies, and autonomous procedures to respond to lost-link situations. RPAS collision avoidance will not be addressed to avoid overlapping with the EU MIDCAS project. VFR and airfield environments are not tackled either.