SESAR research partners launch TindAIR programme to demonstrate strategic and tactical conflict detection and resolution

A new SESAR research programme called TindAIR plans very large scale (VLD) demonstrations with a focus on strategic deconfliction. The TindAIR (Tactical INstrumental Deconfliction And In-flight Resolution) is coordinated by Innov’ATM under the aegis of the SESAR Joint Undertaking and involves companies and research organisations in France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The TindAIR consortium will operate a series of demonstrations covering a range of representative and operational user cases and featuring a combination of manned and unmanned aircraft. Operational scenarios will address existing urban needs or compelling use cases, from medical emergency transport to a mix of freight and passenger flights, including extreme cases like sector saturation capacity and emergency landing. And all this using aircraft of various types and capacities with varying levels of automation, all sharing the same volume of airspace.

Foreseen for 2022, the TindAIR demonstrations will be take place in the suburban – urban areas of the French cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux, and will focus on strategic and tactical assistance to conflict detection and resolution. The aim will be to validate concepts of operations and target architecture for conflict detection and resolution function for all airspace users and will offer validated and experienced U[1]space services to the future users of these modes of urban air mobility (UAM). This effort is also the opportunity to demonstrate operations of a tactical conflict resolution service module that embeds an artificial intelligence algorithm, which can be integrated into the future U-space deployments.

TindAIR is part of U-space, research and innovation programme of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, which is pooling Europe’s resources and expertise to develop new operational concepts, underpinned by existing and new technologies, on the safe and secure integration of drones. The objective is to demonstrate that the acceptance of this new “traffic” in urban areas is possible, while ensuring the safety and respecting the privacy of people and property . The aim is also to show how this new and complex environment can be integrated safely with existing manned aviation and air traffic control.

The consortium consists of the following organizations: − Coordinator: Innov’ATM, France, − ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales), France, − Pildo Consulting SL, Spain, − ISSNOVA (Institute for Sustainable Society and Innovation), Italy, − Rockwell Collins France SAS, France, − Skyports Limited, United Kingdom, − CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali SCPA), Italy, − Aerospace Valley, France, − Fundacion TECNALIA Research & Innovation, − Skybirdsview, France, − APSYS, an AIRBUS company, France,

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