REQUIREMENTS-BASED GENERATION OF OPTIMAL VERTICAL TAKEOFF AND LANDING TRAJECTORIES FOR ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT

Christoph Krammer, Felix Schweighofer, Daniel Gierszewski, Simon Philipp Scherer, Tugba Akman, Haichao Hong, Florian Holzapfel

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Abstract

The introduction of urban air mobility by means of electric vehicles capable of vertical takeoff and landing represents a major transformation of civil aviation. As traffic density increases in urban areas, novel requirements are introduced to guarantee safe operations, most notably in the EASA SC-VTOL specification. We present an automated process for generating trajectories considering such regulatory requirements and associated operational procedures while optimizing for energy efficiency. The corresponding optimal control problems are derived automatically from a flexible trajectory definition database expressing the airspace constraints and operational requirements for vertical takeoff and landing trajectories in the vicinity of vertiports. A safety gateway verifies the feasibility of the generated trajectories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2022
PublisherInternational Council of the Aeronautical Sciences
Pages1814-1830
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781713871163
StatePublished - 2022
Event33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2022 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 4 Sep 20229 Sep 2022

Publication series

Name33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2022
Volume3

Conference

Conference33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, ICAS 2022
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period4/09/229/09/22

Keywords

  • electric vertical takeoff
  • landing
  • trajectory generation
  • trajectory optimization

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