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Operation and operation approval of high-altitude platforms

Nikodem, Florian and Kaltenhäuser, Sven (2020) Operation and operation approval of high-altitude platforms. CEAS Aeronautical Journal (3). Springer. doi: 10.1007/s13272-020-00464-9. ISSN 1869-5590.

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Recently the European Aviation Safety Agency and other civil aviation authorities introduced a regulatory framework for low- and medium-risk operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) where medium-risk operations fall into the ‘specific’ category. Other introduced categories are the ‘open’ category for very low-risk operations and the ‘certified’ category for high-risk operations that are comparable to manned aviation. This framework has the potential to reduce the certification costs compared to manned civil aviation. This paper discusses the challenges for operators of high altitude platforms who aim for medium-risk UAS operations in the ‘specific’ category. It also shows ways to obtain an operation approval in the ‘specific’ category and how to deal with the associated operational requirements to perform such long endurance UAS missions. Moreover problems the high altitude platform operator has to face when applying SORA are discussed. The Paper closes with a promising approach to further enable high altitude operations and to face some of the problems that occurred in the applicability of SORA to high altitude platform operations by the use of 4D-operational volumes and unmanned traffic management (UTM) services.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/136610/
Document Type:Article
Title:Operation and operation approval of high-altitude platforms
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Kaltenhäuser, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2085-7979UNSPECIFIED
Date:3 September 2020
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:High Altitude Platform, HAP, SORA, Specific Category, Risk Assessment, UAS
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - no assignment
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Safety Critical Systems&Systems Engineering
Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Deposited By: Nikodem, Florian
Deposited On:20 Oct 2020 10:08
Last Modified:23 Oct 2023 12:59

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