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GOF 2.0 trials in wave 2 are coming soon!

GOF 2.0 trials in wave 2 are coming soon!

Find out what the GOF 2.0 project is about and have a look how some trials in wave 1 turned out by watching this new video!

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What is an Airboss?

What is an Airboss?

Have you ever wondered what the role of an airboss is and what responsibilities he or she has during (drone) test flights? We summarised the answers in this blog entry for you.

During trials, the Airboss coordinates the safe planning and execution of all flights in a complex environment, including possible coordination with Air Traffic Control (ATC). Scenarios are meant to be challenging enough that unprecedented learnings can be taken away from each trial. Execution is making sure that each event happens smoothly, without putting anyone or anything at an unforeseen risk.

“What makes our role so interesting is that we are working with all the project partners to make sure that risks are anticipated and mitigated to the most possible extent and that the systems support the decision making and anticipation of risks to avoid catastrophes”, says Jonas Stjernberg, Senior Vice President at Robots Expert (REX), acting as Chief Airboss in the GOF 2.0 trials.

Airboss

Once on site, the Airboss has a transverse systemic view on everything that happens. The experience often allows them to spot deviations before they occur. Asking the right questions sometimes brings lights to a situation. Very large demonstrations of the scale of SESAR JU GOF 2.0 sometimes require several Airbosses to have eyes on site in different places, sometimes concurrently in different countries and with separate communication channels to maintain safety and drive performance.

Prior to the trials, objectives and success criteria are defined and complex scenarios are drawn involving all partners. For each trial, safety is at the top of the agenda. The briefing conducted by REX in partnership with the trial leaders systematically include the latest weather information, flight conditions, limitations and, of course, rehearsal of the emergency response plan.

“The GOF 2.0 trials have been designed with what we referred to internally as an “onion” concept. In practice, this means that each partner knows what needs to be demonstrated, what situations they may encounter, but does not know what the other partners know or plan to do. In essence, it is less impressing than the drone swarm light shows with hundreds of drones, that we have coordinated in the past, but a lot more complex because it is closer to reality and in a mixed environment with manned aircraft and sometimes at active aerodromes. A real emergency authority or Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) flight or a flock of bird can also happen at anytime and disrupt the trial”, says Stjernberg.

The next trials in the GOF 2.0 project are planned to happen in May and June 2022 – so stay tuned for further updates.

The next trials in the GOF 2.0 project are planned to happen in May and June 2022 – so stay tuned for further updates. Robots Expert (REX) is one of 15 consortium partners in the SESAR JU GOF 2.0 project and its a team consists of highly experienced professionals, pilots, technology experts, sustainability leaders, and public life influencers. REX commonly engages with cities, public and private entities to shape a future where developments mean real progress and benefit both society and business. More information can be found here: https://www.robots.expert/
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Join the GOF 2.0 virtual trials on 5 October

GOF 2.0 virtual trials on 5 October:
How to organise air traffic over urban environment in Klagenfurt (Austria)

On 5 October 2021, between 13:00-14:30 CET, the GOF 2.0 project partners are going to virtually demonstrate how the GOF 2.0 System-of-Systems uses real-time information exchange – such as flight plans, telemetry, alerts, GeoZones, and cellular connectivity coverage – between Drone operators and Unmanned Traffic Management (U-space) systems so that drones and manned aircraft can safely fly in the same airspace at the same time.

You are kindly invited to participate in the GOF 2.0 project Klagenfurt Virtual Trial via MS Teams on 5 October between 13:00 and 14:30 CET. For the first time, we will publicly show how the use of airspace by drones works, using U-space systems. In addition, you will see step-by-step how U-space works for both drone operators (Ehang, Threod, CAFA Tech) and the Air Traffic Controller.

Moreover, for the first time it will be demonstrated live the end-to-end telecom-aviation data integration in Austria, together with the Austrian mobile network operator Drei.

Please send us your registration via email to media@gof2.eu until latest Monday, 4 October, 13:00 CET

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

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GOF 2.0 @ Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021

GOF 2.0 @ Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021

Project partner Unmanned Life is going to present the scope of GOF 2.0 at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021 in two of their keynote speeches:

We are happy and proud to have such a great project consortium in GOF 2.0 to push the state-of-the-art together.


Don’t miss these interesting sessions!
#GOF2 #MWC21

 

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Webinar: Use of Artificial Intelligence in Urban Air Mobility

Webinar: Use of Artificial Intelligence in Urban Air Mobility

 

Drones, personal flying vehicles, and air taxis may be part of our everyday life in the very near future. This means new mobility and transport routes, but also new services like surveillance, delivery, transportation, etc. Some of these new aerial vehicles will require landing pads, charging points, and drone ports. The digital transformation expands skyward and already today the changes in drone technology hold enormous promise for the future use of airspace and aviation at large.

In short, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, drones, air taxis) will be part of our future. This requires a change in the way airspace is managed. We need to develop new environment and framework conditions – a U-space where we integrate UTM and ATM for their safe co-existence.

Both ATM and U-space communities depend extensively on the provision of timely, relevant, accurate, and quality-assured digital information to collaborate and make informed decisions. We need the understanding how the integration of UTM and other commercial drone operations into ATM airspace can be implemented without degrading safety, security, or disrupting current airspace operations. 

This requires an impressive amount of digitalisation, systems need to be rebuilt, tested, and validated. Like in many other industries it is closely connected to adapting new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI).

On 24 and 25 March the very first virtual summit “AI + Industry Virtual Aviation Summit” took place. The summit was opened by a panel discussion on the topic of “Use of Artificial Intelligence in Urban Air Mobility”. The panel was moderated by Munish Khurana (Senior Manager – ATM/UTM Business Development, EUROCONTROL). In the panel, GOF 2.0 consortium representatives Günter Graf (VP New Business Development, Frequentis), Jonas Stjernberg (SVP, Robots Expert), Andreas Perotti (CMO, Ehang Europe), and Ivar Värk (CEO, EANS) focused in their discussions on the application, relevance, and significance of AI & highly automated systems within the aviation industry and in context of GOF 2.0 project.

The panel members represented a well-balanced share of experience from various parts of the Urban Air Mobility ecosystem comprising of OEMs, UTM & U-space service provider, ecosystem integrator, aviation authority, and a seasoned moderator. During the one-hour discussion the panelists discussed and described the main objectives of the future U-space and how it can use the AI in its design and development processes:

  • The need for safe and secure interchange of data between drones and ATM in urban environment.
  • The scope of digital traffic infrastructure required to be built for the safe integration of drones into the airspace.
  • The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in separating drones and other airspace users – based on use cases planned in the SESAR JU GOF 2.0 project – in a Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) environment.

According to the panelists it will require a great amount of trust for switching from the human-in-the-loop perspective to systems and the trust will come with the knowledge that the systems work.