Research at Small Aircraft Technology will focus on General Aviation (GA) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The planned research areas are as follows:
GA/UAM Overall Design:
Overall design of new GA/UAM class aircraft configurations, taking into account new subsystem technologies (e.g. integrated modular avionics, digital flight control systems) and classical aircraft design domains (e.g. in terms of handling qualities).
GA/UAM Propulsion Systems Integration:
Integration and combination of new low-emission propulsion systems and components with regard to future GA/UAM vehicles and systems. Core elements are thermal management, optimization with regard to maximum efficiency (cooling), structural integration into the overall system and aerodynamic integration of the thermal components.
GA/UAM Smart Production & MRO Technologies:
Development of competencies and methods regarding the production, maintenance and recycling of GA/UAM vehicles under the aspects of weight and cost reduction. Development of smart production and MRO technologies taking into account holistic design concepts.
Design of new infrastructures in mainly urban areas (e.g. Vertiports or Skyports) as landing and take-off platforms for UAM systems and their integration into urban mobility concepts. Concepts for the modernisation of existing or to be reactivated airfields for the GA sector.
GA/UAM Subsystems Integration:
Focus on the integration of the subsystems relevant for UAM vehicles in the areas of automation, communication, navigation as well as their complete implementation in the overall UAM system. Integration taking into account research work in the areas of overall design, propulsion systems and production & MRO. Test and evaluation of UAM systems depending on the degree of maturity of the automation.
UAM Emergency Services:
Development of service concepts for modern air rescue - from flying support systems in the field of telemedicine to autonomous intensive care UAM platforms. Concepts for UAM-based local air support systems for authorities and organisations with security tasks (police, fire brigade, THW).