Cam­copter S-100 – Suc­cess­ful flights with ‘De­tect and Avoid’ sys­tem


Schiebel and the Nether­lands Aero­space Cen­tre (NLR), the Nether­lands Coast­guard and the Royal Nether­lands Air Force con­ducted a se­ries of suc­cess­ful flights with a newly de­vel­oped air­borne De­tect and Avoid Sys­tem at the air­port of Den Helder in De­cem­ber 2015.

The AIRICA (ATM In­no­va­tive RPAS In­te­gra­tion for Coast­guard Ap­pli­ca­tions) pro­ject marks a ma­jor step for­ward in the process of safe in­te­gra­tion of RPAS (re­motely pi­loted air­craft sys­tems) into all classes of airspace.

Dur­ing a spe­cial demon­stra­tion held at De Kooy Air­field in Den Helder, Schiebel pro­vided its un­manned he­li­copter, the Cam­copter S-100, onto which the NLR de­vel­oped AirS­cout De­tect and Avoid Sys­tem was in­stalled. The Nether­lands Coast­guard pro­vided a Dornier Do-228 as ‘in­truder’ and the Royal Nether­lands Air Force con­trib­uted with an Alou­ette he­li­copter as ‘in­truder’, and pro­vided the Air Traf­fic Con­trol ser­vices.

Sev­eral sce­nar­ios were suc­cess­fully ex­e­cuted where the Cam­copter S-100 ‘un­ex­pect­edly’ en­coun­tered an in­truder air­craft. The sys­tem then de­ter­mined in real time the cor­rec­tive ac­tion to en­sure the nec­es­sary sep­a­ra­tion from the in­truder air­craft.

The AIRICA pro­ject is funded through the Euro­pean SESAR pro­gramme (part of the Sin­gle Euro­pean Sky ini­tia­tive) and the key fo­cus – in­te­gra­tion of an RPAS into the airspace for Nether­lands Coast­guard´s ap­pli­ca­tions – was ef­fec­tively demon­strated dur­ing the flights.

Ed­win van der Pol, Head of Op­er­a­tions Kust­wacht, said: ”In the fu­ture we hope to use un­manned sys­tems for our search and res­cue op­er­a­tions. Th­ese tri­als are im­por­tant to achieve reg­u­la­tions for bring­ing RPAS into non-seg­re­gated airspace.”

Chris Day, Head of Ca­pa­bil­ity En­gi­neer­ing at Schiebel, said: “This demon­stra­tion is an­other pos­i­tive step to­wards un­manned air sys­tems gain­ing ac­cess to a broader range of airspace.”

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