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TsAGI Outlines Challenges of RPAS Certification at International Conference

26 May 2021

What will be the future of urban air mobility? How will RPAS (remotely piloted air systems) help a country solve its problems? When could RPAS be integrated intro international air space? Such questions were discussed at ‘Unmanned Aviation — 2021’, the 8th International Conference which was held late April in Moscow.

TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) delivered two reports.

Mark Ovsyannikov, Junior Researcher for Remotely Piloted Air Systems (TsAGI) delivered a report, ‘Challenges of Light RPAS Certification’. He spoke about TsAGI scientists who elaborate national airworthiness requirements for UAVs within civil RPAS; and work on the issues related to interaction between UAV ground control station and airborne equipment. A key safety factor for RPAS is absence of people on board. Thus, RPAS airworthiness requirements could be eased, as compared to manned aircraft; so UAV developers would have a wider choice for providing safety, considering the specified operational tasks.

In their work, TsAGI specialists rely on international working-groups’ experience of JARUS (Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) related to RPAS.

‘In Russia, the prospects of unmanned civil aviation sector are closely connected to UAV integration into single air space,’ says Mark Ovsyannikov, Junior Researcher for Remotely Piloted Air Systems (TsAGI). ‘A key solution to the problem is to gradually implement new technologies which improve UAV control automation and provide information exchange with other air traffic participants; basing on years-long experience of providing safety for structures and civil aircraft systems’.

At that conference, Vladimir Yershov, Engineer of Center for Remotely Piloted Air Systems (TsAGI), reported on research into computer-vision systems enabling safe automatic landing for RPAS. The equipment should have such capabilities as recognizing landing-strip, forming recommendations for off-board crew, and deciding automatically to land and to choose landing method. Yershov also presented modeling results for the device’s operating principle and its suggested characteristics.

‘Unmanned Aviation — 2021’ is an international conference and exhibition; it is the largest annual discussion platform for all regulatory aspects related to UAV production and application; for presenting trends and innovative solutions.

In 2021, the Conference was attended by Russian federal and regional authorities, by UAV developers and producers; by forestry, hunting and agricultural sectors; by environmental organizations, by search-and-rescue organizations; by energy, freight-carrier, geodesic, leasing and insurance companies; by meteorological services; by investment groups and banks; as well as by British and Chinese scientists.

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