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Initial Study of An Effective Fast-Time Simulation Platform for Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic ManagementSmall Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs), typically 55 lbs and below, are envisioned to play a major role in surveilling critical assets, collecting important information, and delivering goods. Large scale small UAV operations are expected to happen in low altitude airspace in the near future. Many static and dynamic constraints exist in low altitude airspace because of manned aircraft or helicopter activities, various wind conditions, restricted airspace, terrain and man-made buildings, and conflict-avoidance among sUAVs. High sensitivity and high maneuverability are unique characteristics of sUAVs that bring challenges to effective system evaluations and mandate such a simulation platform different from existing simulations that were built for manned air traffic system and large unmanned fixed aircraft. NASA's Unmanned aircraft system Traffic Management (UTM) research initiative focuses on enabling safe and efficient sUAV operations in the future. In order to help define requirements and policies for a safe and efficient UTM system to accommodate a large amount of sUAV operations, it is necessary to develop a fast-time simulation platform that can effectively evaluate requirements, policies, and concepts in a close-to-reality environment. This work analyzed the impacts of some key factors including aforementioned sUAV's characteristics and demonstrated the importance of these factors in a successful UTM fast-time simulation platform.
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Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Xue, Min
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Rios, Joseph
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
October 11, 2017
Publication Date
June 5, 2017
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Statistics And Probability
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Annual AIAA Aviation Forum 2017
Location: Denver, CO
Country: United States
Start Date: June 5, 2017
End Date: June 6, 2017
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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