Simulating the Risks From Aircraft Debris to the Public on the Ground

Prouzeau, A. and Johnson, C.W. (2015) Simulating the Risks From Aircraft Debris to the Public on the Ground. In: 5th International Conference on the Application and Theory of Automaiton in Command and Control Systems (ATACCS'2015), Toulouse, France, 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2015,

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The next decade will see an increasing number of sub-orbital space flights for both scientific reasons and for space tourism. In the longer term, these initiatives may also lead to the development of sub-orbital transportation – for instance, to support military fast response without the need for costly, high-risk local deployments. As part of the longer term planning for these flights, it is important to assess the possible risks to civil aviation and, in particular, the hazards that might arise from their interaction with controlled air space. In this paper, we present the results from integrating live data about aircraft flights using an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) server together with up to data meteorological information. The users of the system describe the performance characteristics of a sub-orbital vehicle together with the coordinates of a potential accident. The system then calculates the resulting debris field and presents a predictive model of the consequent impact on surrounding aircraft at different flight levels. The closing sections of the paper identify future directions for research to assess the safety impact of sub-orbital flights.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Professor Chris
Authors: Prouzeau, A., and Johnson, C.W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
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