Launched today, TindAIR is a new consortium funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program to work on large-scale demonstrations of urban air mobility applications.
TindAIR, which stands for Tactical INstrumental Deconfliction And in Flight Resolution, falls under SESAR’s U-Space efforts and develops unmanned traffic management systems to integrate drones into the airspace. The consortium is among the first to look at the integration of passenger drones into the airspace – a step forward for the hot urban air mobility (UAM) sector.
“As the demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in urban environments increases, so does the need to ensure the unlimited, unrestricted and safe coexistence of all airspace users in our skies. To meet this challenge, a group of innovative companies and research laboratories from France, Italy, Spain and the UK, coordinated by Innov’ATM under the auspices of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, have come together to create TindAIR, a range of very large companies to bring to market -scaled demonstrations on urban air mobility with a focus on strategic de-conflict, ”reads a press release.
TindAIR’s large scale urban air mobility vehicle demonstrations will help develop UTM skills for traffic and show that UAM is feasible in an urban / suburban setting.
“…[T]The TindAIR consortium will conduct a series of demonstrations covering a range of representative and operational use cases and including a combination of manned and unmanned aircraft. Operating scenarios will consider existing urban needs or imperative use cases, from emergency medical transportation to a mix of cargo and passenger flights, including extreme cases like sector saturation capacity and forced landing. And all of this with aircraft of different types and capacities with different degrees of automation, all of which share the same volume of airspace. “
The demonstrations are expected to start next year and will take place in the suburbs of the French cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux.
One of the main objectives of the demonstrations is to research and validate deconflict technologies: systems that allow air traffic to identify potential conflicts or obstacles and change course or take other appropriate action. While it sounds simple, this type of decision making in an unmanned environment requires many layers of data and sophisticated algorithms to ensure an effective conflict. Concepts tested as part of the TindAIR project could be incorporated into future U-Space deployments.