Nowadays, the Air Transportation sector faces one of the greatest challenges of all its history. In a time when technological advances in many areas are revolutionizing air vehicle aeronautics, paradoxically, the system responsible for their sustainable, efficient, and safe operation is reaching the limit of its capabilities. ATLANTIDA project is intended to overcome this challenge that restricts the possibilities of process automation in managing aerial traffic. The Project will contribute to increase the capacity of the aerial transport system, so that it would be more efficient, more secure and less contaminant.

Atlantida project conducted by TTI for research and development in ATM

ATLANTIDA is a Project focused on replacing the current operational concept centred on the management of airspace volumes by human controllers that have a pro-active active function on diverse processes, with a new concept called TBO (Trajectory-Based Operations). In TBO, the aircraft trajectory becomes the fundamental resource for air space management and the role of the human element shifts to focus on supervising/taking decisions about optimal solutions provided by advanced automation tools.

The consortium efforts will be directed towards reaching limits of possible, concerning to aerial traffic automation, and generating knowledge in order to increase the ATM automation level, securely and efficiently. ATLANTIDA will explore an approach for automation in the management of air traffic seamlessly applicable to any air vehicle operations, including conventional aviation, civil and military UAVs, VLJ operations and the futuristic personal air transport systems.

The main objectives of the ATLANTIDA Project are:

  1. Introduce a high level of automation in the ATM (Air Traffic Management) system by developing a technical and scientific approximation.
  2. Investigate its behaviour in laboratory conditions with UAVs.
  3. Analyze the extrapolation approximations in a real ATM context.

TTI role:

TTI leads the Communications Work Package, and it is responsible for implementing a system based on two spread spectrum modems (Wideband 1.2 Mbps). Both modem are used in each platform to point-to-point and broadcast communications respectively. TTI is also responsible for developing the Software in charge of managing messages flow, administrating priorities, and packet filtering; so that the data-link would be transparent to the Application Layer as well as managing efficiently physical space to avoid saturation.