New Remote Tower standard published by EUROCAE

Since 2014 the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance coordinates the EUROCAE standardization working group ‘Remote and Virtual Tower’ (WG-100) to develop minimum industry standards for remote tower systems. In September 2016 the standard ‘Minimum Aviation System Performance Specification [MASPS] for Remote Tower Optical Systems’ (ED-240) was published. It pertains to remote tower systems, which in their basic implementation level focus on optical sensors. The standard describes the end performance of the optical sensor presentation that displays video images from cameras to the operator. That includes sensors for the visible as well as for the infrared spectrum. This standard will help vendors and customers to quantify an optimal operational system performance and to verify it in a standardised way. Continue reading

ASDA Research Tournaments 2016 in Delft

ASDA, the association of scientific development of ATM in Europe, invites the ATM community to their 2016 series of research tournaments, held from 10th to 11th November at the Technical University of Delft.

Every year ASDA is organizing a seminar to discuss the research challenges in the Air Traffic Management field. Since three years ASDA does the event in a special kind of format to stimulate the scientific debate: The Research Tournaments. Small teams of scientists from different disciplines are challenged by a moderator, coming from the operational ATM side.

Both, NLR and DLR are full members of ASDA.

For more information on the event, visit the ASDA website.

NLR uses NARSIM successfully in simulations of Remote Tower Operations for Sesar Consortium Partners in the Netherlands

NLR and their SESAR consortium partner Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) have successfully completed a series of simulation exercises using the NLR ATC Research Simulator (NARSIM) in a special configuration for the LVNL Remote Tower Centre located at Schiphol. Activities were carried out for the simulation of Remote Tower Operations at Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Aachen Airport. The simulations are part of the Remote Tower Large Scale Demonstration project, which is co-funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, and consists of several activities aimed at demonstrating the provision of air traffic control (ATC) tower services from a distant, remote location.

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NLR (hall 3, booth B50) at Farnborough International Airshow

FIA (11-15 July) is one the leading airshows in Europe. NLR will be present to show how we cover the full cycle of analysis, design, development, prototyping, testing, verification, qualification, certification and operation. At our booth, you will discover some of our newest developments in 3D multi-metal printing, composite manufacturing and wind tunnel testing. NLR is also engaged in satellite navigation and the European research program for a small satellite launcher (SMILE).

Questions? Please contact Tim Leeuwerink.

ILA Berlin Air Show 2016

ILA_logoThe Berlin airshow ILA (01 June 2016 – 04 June 2016) is one of the focal points of aerospace worldwide. It is held at the ExpoCenter Airport in Schoenefeld. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is contributing to ILA with exhibits reflecting its current research projects in aeronautics, energy, transportation and security. The Institute of Flight Guidance takes part and shows several research projects at the DLR stand (Hall 4, Stand 301).

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NLR and NAC of Malta sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

On the 12th of May NLR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the new established National Aerospace Centre (NAC) of Malta during its launching event in Valletta, Malta. NLR will share its technical know-how and provide support and capabilities to assist the NAC to start up and become a Centre of Excellence within Europe. NLR will commit to this for a period of 5 to 7 years.

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Single European Sky – DLR and NLR join the SESAR 2020 research programme

sesar_170pxIn 1999, the European Commission launched the Single European Sky (SES) programme to ensure that national airspaces grow together to create a more unified and efficient pan-European airspace. Together with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium; NLR), the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has become a member of the EU Single European Sky ATM (Air Traffic Management) research programme, known as SESAR 2020. The aim of SESAR 2020 is to develop new systems for the unification of European airspace and meet the challenges of increasing air traffic. Continue reading