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Flight plan artificial intelligence assistant

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€0
EU Contribution
€100 000
Project Acronym
FlightAI
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The sky’s the limit for drones, but Europe is setting the framework for the safe operations of these unmanned aircraft in order to reduce risks and increase safety. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published guidance to help aviation operators and national authorities manage drone incidents near airports. 

Drones in Europe are a rapidly developing sector with enterprises increasingly using drones for their business and the EU Legislator giving EASA rulemaking responsibility for civil drones of any mass. The common rules have been developed and will be enforced from January 2021. The performance of flight operations requires the compilation of a safety risk assessment document, in particular, the SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) established for drone operations and endorsed by EASA. Compiling this assessment is expertise intensive and time-consuming. Currently, EUSC supports this operation with a web service called SAMWISE that, however, still requires the manual gathering of a large amount of information and the satisfaction of several constraints. 

Objectives

The EU-funded FlightAI project will explore the AI technology generated by the FET Open GOAL-Robots project, allowing for solutions in highly non-linear search spaces. The aim is to formulate flight plans based on an interactive interface. By testing the acceptability and usability of the proposed technology, FlightAI will test the integrated system through the wide stakeholder network of the consortium.

The project aims to integrate into the web-solution built by EUSC the Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology generated by the FET-OPEN GOAL-Robots project, allowing the search of solutions in highly-nonlinear search spaces. The new technology from GOAL-Robots will support the semi-autonomous search of a solution to formulate flight plans based on an interactive interface, that meets the user’s requirements (flight start/arrival points, drone available, pilot licences, etc.), the SORA requirements, and the GIS characteristics of the involved overflown territory/airspace. The project will accomplish a systematic validation of the integrated system by testing the acceptability and usability of the proposed technology by selected stakeholders through the wide stakeholder network of the consortium. Moreover, business case refinement and focused dissemination activities will pave the way to the commercialisation of the produced service within the European drone market.

Funding

Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.1.2. - EXCELLENT SCIENCE - Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
H2020-EU.1.2.1. - FET Open
Other Programme
FETOPEN-03-2018-2019-2020 - FET Innovation Launchpad

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7, 00185 ROMA, Italy
EU Contribution
€22 320
Partner Organisations
Organisation
QBT SAGL
Address
VIA EMILIO BOSSI 4, 6830 Chiasso, Switzerland
EU Contribution
€27 766
Organisation
EUROUSC ITALIA SRL
Address
VIA DANIELE MANIN 53, 00185 Roma, Italy
EU Contribution
€20 070
Organisation
AI2LIFE SRL
Address
VIA SEBINO 32, 00199 Roma, Italy
EU Contribution
€29 844

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft operations and safety
Technology
Drone traffic management system
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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