Sensitivity Analysis of Conflict-Free Resolutions for the Airborne Cluster–Ecosystem

To support the future automation of air traffic management, this study examines a decrement in the number of feasible, conflict-free avoidance maneuvers within a tactical air traffic system, relying on the concept of an airborne ecosystem. An ecosystem represents a set of aircraft with the trajectory-amendment, decision-making capability, whose trajectories are identified inside a computed airspace volume and causally involved in a safety event that is predicted for a certain look-ahead time from their current positions. The concept is based on the predicted conflict between two aircraft, whose trajectory segments are used for detection of the surrounding aircraft by identification of the spatiotemporal interdependencies. The potential resolution capacity is characterized by a decreasing rate of the feasible solutions over time, while the aircraft are flying toward the closest point of approach. Causal analysis was performed via the initialization of different cluster–ecosystem transitions with the goal of measuring the scenarios complexity in terms of the time-based conflict-free solutions, in front of the elapsed time to the aircraft collision. Simulation of eight ecosystems generated from two pairwise conflicts with different avoidance capacities illustrates a potential of negotiation as the aircraft tendency to reach a resolution agreement via early or late decisions.

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  • Authors:
    • Radanovic, Marko
    • Piera Eroles, Miquel Angel
    • Koca, Thimjo
  • Publication Date: 2018-1


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  • Accession Number: 01749221
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 28 2020 3:14PM