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TsAGI joins AIRPASS project

24 November 2017

In the middle of November, representatives of TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”, took part in the AIRPASS project kick-off meeting, held in Brussels (Belgium).

The purpose of the event was to update the objectives of the partners in the project aimed at the development of unmanned aerial-vehicles (UAV) technologies. One of the project areas is the creation of onboard systems for UAVs to be used for interaction with advanced air traffic control systems. The engineers will develop the necessary toolset for UAV operators to ensure flight safety. The air traffic control system will provide access to the database that contains data about geozoning, weather and wind, prohibited airspace zones, surface relief and artificial structures, operational information for pilots, etc.

TsAGI engineers together with their European partners will explore the existing technologies and infrastructure to create the on-board equipment set. In addition, the engineers will work on the development of autopilot mode for UAVs. Finally, one more area of work will be the development of methods and algorithms for creating trajectories to fly around obstacles, for flying in difficult conditions, at low altitudes, from take-off to landing. During the kick-off meeting the participants discussed the work plans and reviewed the priority tasks together with the project coordinators.

Seven other organizations are participating in AIRPASS along with TsAGI, including research centers, universities and drones manufacturers. They include Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR, Germany), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), NLR (The Netherlands), University of Naples UPTH (Italy), SAAB (Sweden), the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany), and AVULAR (The Netherlands). Project coordinator is DLR.

Following the results of the Brussels event, the project participants agreed to hold the next meeting at TsAGI in 2018.

AIRPASS (Advanced Integrated RPAS Avionics Safety Suite) is the first project within the framework of SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research Programme) research programme to be carried out with Russian participation. Project completion is planned for October 2019.

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