Certification of hybrid aircraft
The FP7 project "Extremely Short Take Off and Landing All Surface” (ESTOLAS 2012), refers to the properties of the very short take-off and landing distances of the aircraft. Helicopter and vertical take-off aircraft are excluded; these are referred to as VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing). The term ‘hybrid’ is used for a system, which combines two or more technologies. The ESTOLAS is a hybrid aircraft which combines the features and benefits of helicopters and airplanes. The specialty of ESTOLAS against ESTOL is its ‘all surface’ ability, which enables the plane to take off and land on any natural surface such as desert, snow, ice, marsh, ice, water, etc. The hybrid aircraft ESTOLAS is intended to meet the demand of all existing areas of aviation. It is planned to be developed in different variants: small, medium, heavy and super heavy. These models differ mainly in their payload capacity and therefore in their possible applications as alternatives to helicopters and for transporting heavy goods. In this project QPAC performing the Safety assessment, JAR/CS Certification support & Risk analysis.
QPAC was part of the team to develop the System Safety Program Plan for the EADS Talarion UAV based on military (STANAG 4671) and civil (SAE ARP 4761) certification requirements.
UAVs for Safety & Security in Cooperation with McGill University (Montreal):
QPAC engineers are contributing to a three-year research project based at McGill University and sponsored by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The aim of the project is to advance the technology of unmanned lighter-than-air vehicles (airships) for application in safety/security surveillance & monitoring.
Implementing the ALTAV MkII ("almost lighter-than-air") hybrid airship produced by Quanser, an investigation is underway at QPAC Germany to develop a new thruster mounting concept to improve airship performance by providing more rigid thruster mounting with better thrust and moment transfer into the airship hull. The new concept will also facilitate airship handling by allowing for shorter rigging and derigging times.
Research utilizing an A* pathfinding algorithm for the purpose of reducing the operating workload of flying a UAV
Goal of reducing the complexity of the system without reducing situation awareness of the operator
Automation system applied during a 2007 Micro UAV flight competition
Aerial Photography / AerialShotz (San Francisco)
Implemented a lightweight UAV helicopter mounted with cameras to produce aerial imagery where conventional-sized aircraft are not allowed and/or too cumbersome. Active during the 2007 grape growing season in Napa Valley, California and configured for visual and thermal imaging.