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Development of a Modular Model City for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Experiments – a Visionary Concept

Wendt, Kristin and König, Andreas and Naser, Fares (2022) Development of a Modular Model City for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Experiments – a Visionary Concept. In: AIAA Aviation 2022 Forum. AIAA Aviation Forum, 2022-06-27 - 2022-07-01, Chicago, IL & Virtual. doi: 10.2514/6.2022-3653.

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Several Urban Air Mobility (UAM) companies are currently in the ground and flight testing phase of their product development, aiming to enter into daily business in the current decade. Moreover, the number and variety of unmanned aircraft systems’ applications constantly grows, reaching from agriculture to medical services. However, the majority of flight tests in Europe is not being conducted in a public manner due to regulatory barriers, and a missing representative urban environment. To overcome this challenge, the German Aerospace Center plans to set-up a model city for investigations on UAM operations in an urban model environment. UAM includes the holistic consideration of airspace users in the urban environment, i.e. in particular drones and future air cabs. The envisioned infrastructure shall be used for testing in all facets of the urban air mobility context, such as vehicle concepts, flight planning and sensor technologies as well as acceptance studies, in a protected environment. The planned model city will not represent a specific metropole in a small scale but aims to represent typical areas of a larger central European city in all its diversity. Based on literature research, typical density of buildings, arrays of buildings and their height were identified as key figures. Moreover, the interdisciplinary approach, i.e. considering flight guidance, communication and navigation, and flight system requirements as well as environmental and civil restrictions, is outlined in this paper.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187178/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Development of a Modular Model City for Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Experiments – a Visionary Concept
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Wendt, KristinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0007-8572-6802UNSPECIFIED
König, AndreasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0007-2837-0926UNSPECIFIED
Date:20 June 2022
Journal or Publication Title:AIAA Aviation 2022 Forum
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:UAM; model city; scalable test environment
Event Title:AIAA Aviation Forum
Event Location:Chicago, IL & Virtual
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:27 June 2022
Event End Date:1 July 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment
Location: Cochstedt
Institutes and Institutions:National Experimental Test Centre for Unmanned Aircraft Systems > Projects and Interdisciplinary Topics
National Experimental Test Centre for Unmanned Aircraft Systems > Scientific Infrastructure
Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Wendt, Dr.-Ing. Kristin
Deposited On:31 Aug 2022 09:50
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:48

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