URClearED combines unmanned and manned vehicles in second round of simulations at CIRA

The SESAR research project URClearED reports completion of a second real time test campaign at the Italian Aerospace Research Centre (CIRA) laboratory from 12-14 April 2022. In the first test campaign in March, uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) remote pilots and controllers tested the Remain Well Clear (RWC) function.

In addition to the tests already performed in the first campaign, during these three days, URClearED performed further 11 tests for a total of 6 hours of simulation and more than 20 encounters.

In this second round, the team repeated four tests of the first campaign with:

  • the TUAV (Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle with fixed wing);
  • a new setting for the Remain Well Clear (RWC) software (anticipated Caution Alert to give more time to the pilot for reacting);
  • a new, more readable, Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (CDTI) in collaboration with partner DLR, the German Aerospace Centre.

A further seven tests were performed with a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) that has different maneuverability performance with respect to TUAV.

Several indications were collected on RWC operation procedures, RWC/HMI (Human-Machine Interface) software, safety impacts, as well as suggestions on proper training of remote pilots on the Remain Well Clear utilisation.

In the coming days, the involved team will analyse the data, reports, notes and audio/video collected during this Test Campaign to have final conclusions in the upcoming weeks.

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