The R-WAKE project integrates a consortium of 6 partners, with the following expertise and role:
Conception, development and pre-operational validation of on-board mission-support, operational tools: ENVISAT, INTEGRAL, XPM y SMART 1 (ESA/ESOC) based on “Knowledge Enabled Services”.
GTD participates in the development and maintenance of the following systems at the Guyana space centre: Telemetry / RADAR Tracking / Flight Safety / Mission Control Centers / Meteorological Station / Launch Preparation and related Control Centres / Integration Systems / Engine Test Benches.GTD takes part in many international aeronautics projects, applying its system engineering capability to programs such as the following: Eurofighter, A330-MRTT, A400M, CN-235, C-295, P3-Orion; or helicopters: TIGRE and NH-90; following the strictest quality and safety standards. GTD is also very active in European projects in framework of F6/FP7 and Clean Sky.
In order to address these objectives, the group uses extensively Information and Communication Technologies, along with methods and techniques coming from Computer Science and Operational Research disciplines. Moreover, it also focuses and develops specific high added value applications for both RPAS and air transportation research lines.
In the last 3 years, 5 PhD students of the group graduated having done research related to these topics and the group has published more than 30 papers into peer-reviewed international journals, and more than 80 papers in proceedings of international conferences.
The group members have experience in formulating and solving complex optimisation problems, highly non-linear and non-convex. One of the most relevant contributions has been an optimisation framework able to compute optimal aircraft operational trajectories, either for climb, cruise or descent/approach. Trajectories can be optimised according to one or several criteria, such as fuel, direct operating costs, noise or gaseous emissions. Direct applications of this framework include the design of optimal noise abatement procedures, the computation of optimal on-board self-separationmanoeuvres, and studies related to ATM performance, such as the impact of continuous cruise climb operations.