21/12/2020

Multi-year study for MALE integration into European airspace

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Source: ASD News

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  • Royal NLR and ISD are performing a multi-year study for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to develop the procedures needed to safely and efficiently integrate MALE Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into European airspace
  • The partnership has recently completed a large-scale simulation experiment to test the application of a GA-ASI Detect and Avoid System in the European context
  • The long-term goal of the partnership between the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), Information Systems Delft (ISD) and GA-ASI is to develop the procedures needed to integrate MALE RPAS with civilian traffic in European airspace. For the purposes of this research, the MQ-9B SkyGuardian is used as an example case study
  • Enabling MALE RPAS to operate on a file-and-fly basis just like airliners would unlock numerous civilian applications of these new aircraft types including infrastructure inspection, search and rescue operations and quickly mapping events such as natural disasters
  • To develop and validate the required procedures meant for the real-life tests, initially the trials consist of large-scale simulation experiments. To this end, NLR is using two simulators, namely the NLR ATM Research Simulator (NARSIM) and the NLR Multi Unmanned aerial system Supervision Testbed (MUST). The combination of these two simulators is referred to as the MALE RPAS Real-Time Simulation Facility (MRRF)
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