Embry-Riddle has been awarded grants to support research on three ASSURE projects alongside our ASSURE partners. Additional project proposals are under the FAA’s review. Opportunities exist for industry sponsorships through monetary and in-kind contributions.

Airborne Collision – Trajectory Analysis

Embry-Riddle is working with NIAR on defining the probability of collision deflection due to boundary layer and wake interactions between sUAS (DJI Phantom III) and CRM. Investigations are being carried out to establish CFD methodologies to compute representative pressure fields on the DJI drone as it is moving towards the wing leading edge (represented using the NASA Common Research Model [CRM]).  ERAU will also contribute with collaborators in other areas of simulation and analysis for air-to-air collision scenarios. The results will provide the likelihood component of aviation safety risk analysis when considering the added risk of UAS to the occurrence of air-to-air collision.

Principal Investigator: Eduardo Divo, Ph.D.

UAS Parameters, Exceedances, Recording Rates for ASIAS

The purpose of this research is to enable safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the NAS through building upon existing aviation database and data-sharing efforts encouraged and endorsed by participating government-industry entities. Through this research, a data architecture for unmanned air and ground vehicles and operations will be developed in alignment with the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information and Sharing (ASIAS) program.  In addition, this project will identify current UAS FDM capabilities and practices, including refresh/recording rate and robustness, and develop guidance for a UAS FDM standard. Equally will identify UAS FDM events, including event definitions and exceedances, using the normal ASIAS techniques.

Principal Investigator: Dave Esser, Ph.D.


UAS Ground Collision Severity Evaluation

Biomechanical engineering researchers will evaluate the hazards and risks associated with UAS operations in the National Airspace System as it relates to humans on the ground. This research will estimate the level of human injury that would be associated with a human being struck by a UAS by evaluating the size, shape, impact and materials of the aircraft and their impact. Researchers will use advanced computational modeling techniques to simulate UAS impact on humans. The results will be used to suggest ways to improve the safety of UAS operations.

Principal Investigator: Feng Zhu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

UAS Maintenance, Modification, Repair, Inspection, Training and Certification Considerations

This study will determine the maintenance and inspection requirements for unmanned aircraft systems. From the proposed requirements, a curriculum to train aviation technicians on the repair and maintenance of unmanned aircraft will be developed.

Principal Investigator: John Robbins, College of Aviation 

Surveillance Criticality for SAA

Researchers will assess the required technology and operational safety to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. This research will help determine the efficiency of existing airborne surveillance equipment such as radar, transponders, etc., typically used on manned aircraft, as well as novel sense-and-avoid (SAS) technologies. Modeling and simulation work at the Next-Generation ERAU Applied Research (NEAR) Lab will assess these technologies under simulated scenarios.

Principal Investigator: Mohammad Moallemi, Research Associate, NEAR Lab

Researcher working with ERAU UAS Simulator, Monsoon.

Human Factors Considerations of UAS Procedures, & Control Stations

This project is a cross-institution collaboration focusing on analyzing and recommending improvements to unmanned systems’ work station designs, environments, and ergonomics; UAS pilot and crew member procedures; and operational requirements for various size classes of UAS. The project draws on subject matter experts from the ASSURE Centers of Excellence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Drexel University, Kansas State University, Mississippi State University, the Ohio State University, University of North Dakota, and Sinclair Community College.

Principal Investigator: Richard Stansbury, ERAU Site Director, ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence for UAS