NtoM : Management, Efficiency and Safety in a Many-to-Many Pilot-RPAS Relationship Scenario

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NtoM is a concept of operations which pursues the feasibility, from a human factors perspective, of having a single pilot/aircrew controlling several remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) at once in non-segregated airspace. To meet such feasibility, this multitasking must be safe and not interfere with the job of the air traffic controllers due to delays or errors associated with parallel piloting. To that end, a set of measures at several levels are suggested.

A prototype of the system orchestrating the enviroment described by the ConOps was implemented to illustrate the potential of the concept. The connectivity between the clients for pilots and controllers and the server was done using RTI Connext DDS, which is particularly interesting in the case of the RPAS to simulate different scenarios of Quality of Service of the link.

 DDS schema of the NtoM connectivity