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Minimum Risk Low Altitude Airspace Integration for Larger Cargo UAS

Peinecke, Niklas and Volkert, Andreas and Korn, Bernd (2017) Minimum Risk Low Altitude Airspace Integration for Larger Cargo UAS. In: 17th Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems Conference, ICNS 2017. IEEE Press. Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS 2017), 18.-20. April 2017, Washington DC, USA. ISBN 978-150905375-9

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Abstract

Current initiatives for UAS airspace integration mostly aim at small or medium sized drones. However, it can be foreseen that there will be a demand of cargo UAS for payload in the range of 1000 kilograms. It proves to be a challenge to integrate those larger drones into a national airspace. The concept of choice for this problem is the minimum risk configuration (MRC). This means that, instead of maximizing aircraft reliability by including more and more complex system components, the vehicles are routed along dedicated trajectories, so that an eventually occurring accident results in no fatalities and is foreseen to cause only monetary losses. The advantage of the MRC is that the concept can be realized using existing technology, with only moderate effort in new onboard sensory equipment. However, this poses some further challenges concerning air traffic procedures. In Germany and more generally in Europe, the airspace is densely populated, especially in the vicinity of airports. An MRC is meant to interfere with this existing structure in the least possible way. Therefore, an integration concept needs to make sure that the future air cargo system can avoid every potential risk strategically or at least tactically, be it a populated area, industrial infrastructure or other aircraft. We present an integration concept including recommendations for airspace structure, communication infrastructure and information management. Based on publicly available data for population and ground infrastructure, we show exemplary calculations that make the applicability of this concept plausible.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/110968/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Minimum Risk Low Altitude Airspace Integration for Larger Cargo UAS
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Peinecke, NiklasNiklas.Peinecke (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6683-2323
Volkert, AndreasAndreas.Volkert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Korn, BerndBernd.Korn (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2017
Journal or Publication Title:17th Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems Conference, ICNS 2017
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:IEEE Press
Series Name:Integrated Communications Navigation an Suveillance Conference
ISBN:978-150905375-9
Status:Published
Keywords:Unmanned Aerial System, Airspace Integration, Minimum Risk Configuration, Air Traffic Management, Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management
Event Title:Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS 2017)
Event Location:Washington DC, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:18.-20. April 2017
Organizer:IEEE, AIAA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Efficient Flight Guidance
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Peinecke, Dr.rer.nat. Niklas
Deposited On:10 Feb 2017 11:09
Last Modified:14 May 2019 14:00

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