SELIAT (2013 – 2014)

Safe Emergency Landing In Alpine Terrain

The project SELIAT tests the feasibility of a service in aviation that shall provide geographic information to pilots about suitable landing sites to support off-field landings. The two investigated cases are off-field landings either as part of an operation of search and rescue helicopters or as a result of a failure in the aircraft. The topography in the alpine region presents pilots with considerable challenges in emergency landing situations: rough terrain, low visibility, snow and ice cover, etc. all add to the danger. The service is intended to actively support helicopter search and rescue operations in alpine regions, both in the daily mission planning process and during flight operations. For general aviation, the service should provide pilots the critical information needed to make safer emergency landings in the challenging terrain of alpine regions.
The web service aims to provide geographic flight and landing information extracted from EO data and data from other sources (i.e. spatial data infrastructures). The service shall be accessible via satellite and terrestrial communication from an aircraft according to its spatial position retrieved via precision satellite navigation. Micro aerial vehicles as an in-situ measurement component support the service by quality control and possibly by a near real-time service.


Instrument: ESA ARTES 20 – IAP

Role: Coordinator

Project volume: 330,000 EUR, ZGIS share:180,000 EUR

Contact person: Florian Albrecht

Researchers involved: Sebastian d‘Oliere-Oltmanns, Richard Schörghofer, Jirathana Dittrich

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