Special Issue "Aircraft Trajectory Design and Optimization"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2019).
Interests: avionics; trajectory optimization; metaheuristic algorithms; graph search; control systems
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Air traffic has incremented in the last years, bringing positive consequences with a greater flow of passengers and merchandise. However, this traffic increment has produced higher levels of pollution released into the atmosphere due to fossil fuel burn, as well as the saturation of different air zones. These negative effects will worsen, as the number of aircrafts in service will increase in the forthcoming years as Latin American and Asian markets continue to develop.
A solution to these problems is to design efficient reference trajectories to be followed by aircrafts flying to their destinations. Efficient trajectories ideally result in both a reduction of flight time and fuel burn. This way, pollution can be reduced, as well as flight costs. This applies to both airborne aircrafts and aircrafts traveling within the taxiways at the airport.
The aircraft trajectories’ ultimate goal is to fly under the free flight concept. This means that aircrafts would follow reduced separation rules allowing aircrafts to fly practically anywhere in the search space. Therefore, the airspace capacity can be augmented. The free flight concept brings as a consequence new challenges to aircraft trajectory design. For example, the means of efficient negotiation between aircrafts should be implemented, as many aircrafts might want to fly on the same path (i.e., follow a jet stream), and alternate trajectories should be computed due to traffic or weather degradation. These new trajectories should also respect the required time of arrival constraints at different waypoints.
Similar problems might occur with drones and UAVs. For example, the most economical trajectory could be required to cover the largest area with available energy. Similar negotiation problems such as the ones found with conventional aircrafts can also be present. This is true for formation flights or independent drones flying at similar trajectories. Negotiation with conventional aircrafts might be required as well, as drones share airspace with conventional aircrafts.
The Special Issue addresses the broad topics related to aircraft trajectory design and welcomes papers dealing, but not limited to, (i) aircraft trajectory design, (ii) aircraft trajectory optimization, (iii) trajectories pollution computation, (iv) aircraft trajectory negotiation, (v) runaway optimization, (vi) airspace management, (vii) weather predictions and big data, (viii) trajectory options sets and rerouting, and (ix) drones and UAVs trajectories.
Dr. Alejandro Murrieta-Mendoza
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- trajectory optimization
- fuel burn and flight cost
- air space
- avoidance and collision
- airborne operations
- air traffic control and management
- airports taxiways
- NextGEN and SESARS
- trajectory negotiation
- 3D and 4D trajectories
- drones and UAVs