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Impact of Higher Airspace Operations on Air Traffic in Europe

Pohling, Oliver and Losensky, Lorenz and Lorenz, Sandro and Kaltenhäuser, Sven (2023) Impact of Higher Airspace Operations on Air Traffic in Europe. Aerospace, 10 (835), pp. 1-27. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/aerospace10100835. ISSN 2226-4310.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2226-4310/10/10/835


Historically, higher airspace has been used for military exercises and as transit for space vehicles. Riding on commercial space operations' coattails, more and more vehicles are under development that will make use of higher airspace resources. This will lead to increasing interactions with conventional air traffic since these new vehicles will have to transit through lower airspaces. The management of these operations is necessary to ensure the safe and practicable shared usage of these airspaces. This paper outlines an assessment of the impact of higher airspace operations on conventional air traffic in Europe. Initially, a synthesis of possible use cases was performed, and demand scenarios were developed that served as input to a fast-time simulation. The impact on air traffic was measured by means of flight efficiency parameters. The simulation results showed that the impact is dependent on the type of operation. High-altitude platform system flights and orbital launches cause the largest deviations in flight distance, flight duration and fuel consumption. Higher airspace operation parameters, including location, time, and duration, strongly affect the impact on the conventional air traffic.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/197627/
Document Type:Article
Title:Impact of Higher Airspace Operations on Air Traffic in Europe
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Pohling, OliverUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9862-0168UNSPECIFIED
Losensky, LorenzUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8762-1971UNSPECIFIED
Lorenz, SandroUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9140-6844UNSPECIFIED
Kaltenhäuser, SvenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2085-7979UNSPECIFIED
Date:25 September 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-27
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:Topical Collection "Air Transportation—Operations and Management"
Keywords:higher airspace operations; impact assessment; fast-time simulation
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: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Deposited By: Pohling, Oliver
Deposited On:27 Sep 2023 17:05
Last Modified:27 Sep 2023 17:05

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