The project sets the objective to develop and trial a communication system that will anticipate and meet future requirements to allow RPA to fly in non-segregated airspace.
Requirements from an analysis of case studies, current RPAS regulation and business demands, defines and allows development of an RPAS communication and control system with developments in the on-board and ground communication for flight missions of RPA in non-segregated airspace. The project consortium includes an air navigation service provider and an ATM company that will input into the regulation requirements for non-civilian airspace.
The system involves the integration of a navigation system, geo-referencing solution, on-board mission system, geographic information processing system, a moving map for the RPS with air collision avoidance, an operation management system for the RPS which will interface with Air Traffic Management. The consortium includes an IT company, geo-referencing experts and a video processing expert.
Developments are integrated to allow for an emulation trial then a whole system trial for a mission that realistically demonstrates the civilian applications of the system.
- Improve reliability / security of navigation system of RPAS
- Increase situational awareness for RPAS and demonstrate new functionalities in air traffic surveillance
- Use SatCom to increase reliability of command & control (C2)
- Demonstrate ATM System dedicated to RPAS Very Low Level (VLL) operations – UAV Traffic Management (UTM)
- Develop the mission payload and software package for inspection and surveillance, Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) for large critical infrastructures such as Railways, Power lines or Airports
- Perform demonstration of RPAS missions for future commercial applications
The results of the trial are assessed and inform a development plan for the commercialization of the system.
Figure 1: ViaDrone System