Increased complexity requires more cooperation
The use of UAS at a commercial scale and joint operations in airspace with manned aircraft poses new challenges for researchers, manufacturers, operators and legislators alike. In addition to the purely technical aspects, the integration of UAS into the airspace also gives rise to complex legal and procedural issues that must be investigated and redefined or regulated. In view of the complexity of the challenge, a compartmentalized approach to dealing with the individual components that make up the entire system (craft separately from air traffic, separately from legal regulation) is no longer sufficient. Hence, they need to be considered, tested, validated and certified conjointly. Since none of these issues can be understood and solved by manufacturers, users or legislators alone, collaboration and support from the research community is of increasing significance in terms of forming links for both technical and regulatory issues.
Enabler for a network of new testing methods and capabilities
While global research has, in the past, been limited to a manageable number of UAS tests, the rapid growth of the entire sector will also require exponential increases in system testing to enable whole-system technology development. As a result, there is a need for new test methods and possibilities, which do not yet exist in the required form. Therefore, a network incorporating all future activities at the respective test fields needs to be established, within which the National Test Center will play a central and integrative role.