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TindAIR, a project to combine drones and flying taxis with traditional aircraft

Urban air mobility can make you dream. But before delivery drones can rub shoulders with flying taxis and other manned aircraft in the sky, it is necessary to coordinate these different devices and manage flight priorities. This is the goal of the TindAIR project (for Tactical INstrumental Deconfliction And in flight Resolution): to learn to manage conflicts between different urban air mobility devices.

The TindAIR consortium is coordinated by the Toulouse-based start-up Innov’ATM, which is at the origin of a software suite allowing air traffic controllers to better sequence flights and optimize air flows and managers to optimize management. airports. A dozen companies and organizations are also involved, such as ONERA (National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research), Rockwell Collins, Skyports Limited or even APSYS (an Airbus company).

Demonstrations during 2022
Demonstrations are planned for 2022 and will take place in the peri-urban and urban areas of French cities such as Toulouse and Bordeaux. Various use cases (medical, passenger and freight transport) will be carried out using aircraft that do not have the same levels of automation or the same capacities. Several scenarios will be tested, including the saturation of the airspace on emergency landing.

During these demonstrations, the TinAIR consortium will focus on “strategic and tactical assistance in the detection and resolution of conflicts”. The idea behind is to “validate the concepts of operations and the target architecture for the function of conflict detection and resolution for all airspace users”. Going in this direction, a tactical conflict resolution service module which embeds an artificial intelligence algorithm will in particular be tested.

A European program
This project is being carried out under the aegis of SESAR, a European program which seeks to modernize air traffic management systems as part of the technological component of the Single European Sky program. SESAR is working on the European concept of “U-space” which corresponds to a “set of decentralized services aimed at integrating drones into the airspace and enabling them to coexist with manned aircraft”.

The idea behind this concept is to take existing airspace management technologies and integrate new bricks for drones and other aircraft. In this context, TinAIR aims to demonstrate on a large scale “that the acceptance of this new ‘traffic’ in an urban environment is possible while ensuring the safety and protection of people and goods”. The goal is that all aircraft, whether remotely piloted or autonomous but under the supervision of a remote operator, can circulate in complete safety and alongside other devices.

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