In the implementation work on project PJ.18-W2-Sol53 Improved Ground Trajectory Predictions enabling future automation tools, from the SESAR 2020 programme, BULATSA and Airbus Defense&Space are working on the development of the prototype TESLA – Tactical Encounter SoLver Assistant.
TESLA aims to improve air traffic service. The system helps Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) in separation management and in providing optimal conflict-free routes and climb and descent profiles for departing, arriving, and overflying aircraft. This is achieved by introducing automated means for conflict prevention and by integrating specific information to support operational efficiency.
In the period 10-14 October 2022, air traffic controllers from BULATSA and engineers from Airbus Defense&Space conducted a validation session to evaluate and confirm the TESLA functionalities developed so far. The validation was conducted in a test platform, specially equipped with workstations for ATCOs and pseudo-pilots – “BULATSA Innovation Grid”. Extensive tests were performed measuring and recording a number of parameters: human factors elements, safety, capacity, operational efficiency, environment and cost efficiency. Within the framework of the validation, an overview of the achieved results, technological developments and benefits was made. The degree of maturity of the system, as well as its applicability, were positively assessed.
TESLA is expected to have a beneficial effect on airspace capacity, performance, ATCOs’ workload and situational awareness, and the levels of safety, environment and costs.
The last step of this stage of the project is forthcoming – presentation to European partners and stakeholders from the industry of the validated functionalities and production of a validation report. On 16 November 2022, at a Visitors’ Day hosted by BULATSA, a demonstration of the current capabilities of the TESLA prototype will be made.
SESAR 2020 is a European Union programme focused on the development and validation of technological solutions in the field of air traffic management. It is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.