In the AiRMOUR project, simulations are an important method for validating the project results. Simulations are an important part of the project and for numerous reasons, including (i) Validating the plans and training for live demonstration; (ii) Elaborating on concepts not yet possible due to restrictions in regulations, certification, or maturity of technology; and (iii) Simulated collaboration with third parties on a scale that is not possible in live validations, including interactions with general aviation in uncontrolled airspace.

The selection of simulator software and components available to the AiRMOUR consortium is vast, established, and accurate. Nevertheless, there is a lack of an open and available eVTOL simulation model.

A simulation environment has been set up to simulate the chosen UAM EMS scenarios and test sites. The simulator environment includes a software-in-the-loop (SITL) simulator of the eVTOL flight control coupled with a flight simulator handling the eVTOL flight dynamics. The SITL simulator is connected to an eVTOL ground segment (control centre) and simulated ATM and UTM environments. Simulations can be coupled to simulated models for the test sites and interfaced with open and accessible simulator environments like FlightGear, where interactions with other air traffic can be investigated.

A new report documents the development of such a model, which is an essential part of the simulations performed in the AiRMOUR project, enabling us to meet the relevant validation objectives and simulate the various scenarios and use cases. Hence, train for the live validations.

Read the report here.