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Metropolis: Relating Airspace Structure and Capacity for Extreme Traffic Densities

Sunil, Emmanuel and Hoekstra, Jacco and Ellerbroek, Joost and Bussink, Frank and Nieuwenhuisen, Dennis and Vidosavljevic, Andrija and Kern, Stefan (2015) Metropolis: Relating Airspace Structure and Capacity for Extreme Traffic Densities. USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminars, 23.-26.06.2015, Lissabon.

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Personal and unmanned aerial vehicles have received increasing media attention over the last decade. As a result of the growing excitement for these two aircraft types, many within and outside the aerospace industry envision a future in which large numbers of small aircraft fly over urban areas. With this vision for the future, the question arises what would be required, in terms of airspace organization, to make this feasible, or indeed, if it will be possible at all. In this context, the Metropolis project aims to investigate the influence of airspace structure on capacity, complexity, safety, and efficiency for high-density airspace. To this end, four airspace concepts, ranging from a decentralized direct routing concept, to a highly structured tube network using 4D trajectory-based operations, have been considered. The four concepts were compared by means of large-scale simulation experiments, for multiple scenarios that are extreme when compared to current air traffic densities. This paper presents an overview of the Metropolis project with a focus on the project objectives, design and implementation of airspace concepts, and preliminary simulation results.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96505/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Metropolis: Relating Airspace Structure and Capacity for Extreme Traffic Densities
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Sunil, EmmanuelTU DelftUNSPECIFIED
Hoekstra, JaccoTU DelftUNSPECIFIED
Ellerbroek, JoostTU DelftUNSPECIFIED
Nieuwenhuisen, DennisNLRUNSPECIFIED
Vidosavljevic, AndrijaENACUNSPECIFIED
Kern, StefanStefan.Kern (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:airspace structure, urban airspace design, air traffic control, free flight, 4D trajectory based operations, Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Event Title:USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development Seminars
Event Location:Lissabon
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-26.06.2015
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 - Air Transport Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Air traffic systems
Deposited By: Kern, Stefan
Deposited On:02 Jul 2015 15:20
Last Modified:02 Jul 2015 15:20

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