Consortium

An innovative European team

The project gathers innovative companies from start-ups to market leaders, as well as research institutes and a competitiveness cluster. A European team from four countries: France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, with one shared goal…

… Enabling Urban Air mobility

Project Coordinator

Innov’ATM

Innov’ATM is an innovative technology company based in Toulouse, founded in 2014. Counting on 30 highly skilled and agile engineers and our Aircraft and Drone transport industries expertise we help Air Transport Operators with flexible and adaptable solutions, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Our mission: we help Air Transport Operators with the most effective, efficient, sustainable, shared and agreed decision making technology solution.

Our vision: we believe that each decision can be right or wrong depending on when and why it’s taken. Through artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, we predict and evaluate all the possible consequences of all the possible decisions. Human being is still there but he’s not alone anymore.

Involvment in TindAIR

Innov’ATM is the TindAIR project coordinator. Innov’ATM will provide the Ground Control C2 system used in operational environment and the UTM platform delivering all the U-space services defined as U1 and U2. The system will be enriched with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning algorithms that will allow an efficient deconfliction resolution through the identification of the deconflicting vector in 4D coordinates. 

Project Members

Aerospace Valley

Aerospace Valley is a competitiveness cluster serving 3 strategic industries: Aeronautics, Space and Drones. Our goal is to foster the development and competitiveness of the aerospace sector in the French regions Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Ranking in the top 3 world competitiveness clusters for the performance of its cooperative R&T projects, Aerospace Valley is in charge of animating a dynamic network of international reputation, composed of more than 800 members (industries, research labs, training centres, universities and high schools, local authorities, structures for economic development) including more than 500 SMEs.

Involvement in TindAIR

Aerospace Valley leads the work package “Communication, dissemination and collaboration”. We are carrying out dissemination activities to raise awareness about the project to third parties. To reach this goal, we are creating communication tools (leaflet, video, website), managing social media, drafting press releases as well as organising workshops and creating a community of interest about the project.

Apsys

A subsidiary of Airbus, APSYS is a consulting and research company based in Toulouse/France. It specializes in the reliability, cyber protection and support of transport systems as well as industrial infrastructures, in compliance with environmental requirements. It offers innovative consulting and software solutions with a high level scientific and technological integration. Designing even more reliable aircraft, securing autonomous vehicles, anticipating the nuclear installation obsolescence or protecting industrial assets against cyber-attacks are the challenges for which APSYS employees’ expertise contributes daily. The company is involved in the design, manufacturing and operating phases of products. APSYS employs more than 600 people worldwide (France, UK, Germany, Spain, Mexico, China), with a turnover of €66 million in 2019

Involvement in TindAIR

APSYS will cover the cybersecurity chapter. In the first step, APSYS will develop a Security assessment plan, describing all activities required in the project to demonstrate sufficient level of protection of all operational scenarios addressed, as to cyber attacks, taking into account various attacker profiles, adversary models, and as well direct, as wireless attacks. Then, all along the project, it will produce Security Assessment Reporting:  for every relevant single threat or combination of attacks analysed, HA (Hazard Analysis) will be achieved, and qualification of the consequences will be performed depending on all possible systems involved (UAVs,VTOLs, helicopters…), and in terms of impact and likelihood criteria and risk acceptance as well. Mitigation actions possible to make security level compliant with this required by security standards applied in UAM and aeronautics domains will be identified and results will be generated in FENCE tool, assessing security KPIs of the different operational use cases…

CIRA

CIRA is the Italian Aerospace Research Center, a limited not-for-profit consortium company, founded in July 1984, which develops and implements national aerospace research programs. The main shareholders of CIRA are the Italian Space Agency (ASI), which owns the most part of the shares, and the National Research Council (CNR). The Italian government has entrusted CIRA to manage the PRORA (Italian Aerospace Research Program). As a member of EREA (the association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics), CIRA works in close co-operation with European aerospace research centers. CIRA is also member of IFAR (the International Forum for Aviation Research, the world aviation research establishment network), GARTEUR (the Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe) and ACARE (the Advisory Committee for Aeronautic Research). Staffed by more than 350 people (more than 250 researchers), engaged in virtually all major national and international research programs such as the European Clean Sky (CS), Single European Sky (SESAR), etc., CIRA facilities are located in Capua, Italy. CIRA researchers are members of the most important international scientific associations, like IEEE, AIAA, and so on.

Involvement in TindAIR

CIRA has the leadership of the Work Package  “ConOps, Use Cases and Requirements Definition” and of Tasks “U-Space ConOps refinement with respect to UAM operations”,  “U-Space requirements refinement with respect to UAM operations”, and  “U-Space requirements and CONOPS validation”. It is also involved in dissemination activities in collaboration with other ongoing international projects. In addition, CIRA contributes in several project activities, including the contribution to the task “Design of System Concept and U-space services”, providing its expertise to support the TindAIR project activities addressing tactical geofencing, strategic de-confliction and tactical conflicts resolution. Furthermore, CIRA contributes in the definition of performance assessment measures and in their evaluation, in the interoperability and standardisation assessment, in the analysis of results and preparation of recommendation, and in other project tasks, assuring wide coverage of the project activities from the perspective of a research institution.

Collins  Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Involvement in TindAIR

Rockwell Collins France, a unit of Collins Aerospace, designs, develops and produces innovative avionics and high-integrity solutions for its customers in the aerospace and defense industry. Center of excellence of the group in avionics, Rockwell Collins France has also developed capabilities in mission systems, communication and navigation solutions, and UAVs. Rockwell Collins France is member of the European consortium Tindair providing the Command Non-Payload Control (CNPC) data link radio, CNPC-5000, to maintain a reliable, safe and secure connection for the control of unmanned aircraft at all times while operating in the complex environment of controlled airspace.

ISSNOVA

ISSNOVA is the Italian Institute for Sustainable Society and Innovation, an Italian independent research organization focusing on the design of safe and sustainable processes. Our core expertise is the resilience and performances analysis of safety critical systems and services, user research and need analysis for innovation.

Involvement in TindAIR

In TindAIR, ISSNOVA will:

Lead the definition of the use cases scenarios for demonstrations

Perform safety and Human Factors assessment

Lead the social acceptance analysis

ONERA

ONERA, The French Aerospace Laboratory, is a public, scientific and technical establishment reporting to the French Ministry of Defence with expertise in civil and military manned/unmanned aircraft, spacecraft and missile design (about 1800 employees). The expertise of DTIS (Information Processing and Systems Department) includes the flight dynamics and system identification, control theory and decision-making systems applied to such vehicles.

Involvement in TindAIR

ONERA/DTIS participates in the TindAIR project through the ReSSAC UAV research laboratory. ONERA’s main contribution is to provide drone platforms (unmanned helicopters) with autonomous flight capability for the demonstrations. ONERA will integrate a proposed UTM module in the drone flight system for executing deconfliction orders, and also will implement an autonomous emergency landing capability.

PildoLabs

Founded in 2001, PildoLabs is an engineering company specialized in delivering top of the edge technology within the aeronautics and space sectors. Recognized as experts in GNSS applied to air navigation, and with an excellent record in successful completion of international projects, in recent years the company has approach the UAV sector by developing a set of tools and equipment focused on providing extended navigation and surveillance capabilities to drone operations.

Involvement in TindAIR

In the framework of TindAIR, PildoLabs main contribution will be leading the design, development and integration of the experimental communication system (on-board and on-ground), which will provide a secure datalink for deploying Tactical Conflict Resolution (TCR) service. Additionally, PildoLabs will lead the definition of the TCR exchange data model, and message contents, besides deploying its ground monitoring station in support to real-time navigation performances monitoring and signal interference detection. Moreover, the company will contribute in the definition of CONOPs, use cases and requirements, and on the demonstrations execution and assessment.

Skybirdsview

SkyBirdsView is proposing complex UAS services where operational rules should be established with the same rigor as in the manned aviation world. With a strong focus on ISR/surveillance missions, our job is to set up and conduct UAS operations in France and overseas. We also perform consulting and support to UAS experimentations such as in the Tindair project.
Included inside Icare group, our expert team is able to deploy a continuum of air services, ranging from helicopter and airplanes to UAS.

Involvement in TindAIR

SkyBirdsView leads the work package focusing on the execution of the UAM demonstrations.
From the multiple UAS specificities and the scenarios definitions, we are developing the specific operational procedures.  These will be followed by all the operators during the flight demonstrations to ensure safety of the manned and unmanned aircrafts. We are also operating one of our rotary wing UAS alongside a rotary wing helicopter during one of the scenarios.

Skyports

Skyports is a leading enabler of advanced air mobility (AAM) and provides the critical link between the ground and the sky. The company designs, builds and operates take-off and landing infrastructure for air taxis, and partners with electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger and cargo vehicle manufacturers around the world to enable safe and efficient flight operations within urban and suburban environments. Skyports also provides drone delivery through its logistics arm, Delivery by Skyports, which is already proving the viability of the company’s best-in-class unmanned systems technologies within the medical, e-commerce and logistics sectors. This technology will be essential to the success of the wider Skyports air taxi infrastructure solution. Based in London, United Kingdom, Skyports has projects operating in multiple continents, including in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Skyports investors include Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Irelandia Aviation and Levitate Capital.

Involvement in TindAIR

In the context of project TindAIR, Skyports will operate live flights in Toulouse and Bordeaux to showcase deconfliction capabilities of multiple aircraft sharing similar trajectories, hereby promoting the integration of unmanned aircraft into airspace and enabling the development of Urban Air Mobility.

Tecnalia

TECNALIA is a leading Research and Technological Development Centre in Europe and member of BRTA (Basque Research and Technology Alliance) whose mission is to transform technology into GDP, helping companies to be more competitive and generate wealth and employment. Its key scopes of action are: Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Transformation, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Health and Urban Ecosystem. TECNALIA currently has a team of over 1,400 experts (43% women – 57% men) from 29 different nationalities. Its activity consists of visualising, identifying and developing comprehensive technological solutions together with its clients. Among them, there are more than 7,400 companies with which it has worked since its origins in 2011, 75% of which are SMEs. TECNALIA is the second private Spanish organisation in European patent applications.

With a broad experience in the electrification of aircraft subsystems, Electric Aircraft by TECNALIA has revealed its design of a novel Air taxi concept (eVTOL), conceived for the intra-city transport of people.

Involvement in TindAIR

The role of TECNALIA in TindAIR is :

To develop a scaled prototype with aircraft control algorithms adapted to guarantee appropriate trajectory tracking for airspace deconfliction demonstrations.

Flights in a segregated area with the use of TECNALIA air taxi prototype and the scaled aircraft in two demonstrations of TindAIR project, simulating one person transportation with an eVTOL.

Advisory Board

The TINDAiR Advisory board will be formalised in Fall 2021. However, the following institutions have already drawn up letters of interest to support TindAIR project.