Farnborough 2018: Luciad showcases 4D spatial awareness

30 July 2018
Dr Bart Adams, Hexagon Geospatial Luciad director Products & Innovation, presented a prototype flight planning tool, developed by Lufthansa Systems with LuciadLightspeed software. Source: J Beechener

Hexagon Geospatial Luciad demonstrated two applications of its LuciadLightspeed software during the Farnborough International Airshow 2018.

The desktop solution is used by many air navigation service providers and system integrators to provide geospatial situational awareness to an operational map. Lufthansa Systems has incorporated LuciadLightspeed into its LIDO/Flight 4D software aimed at en route operations.

The planning tool is designed to alert the airline operator to events that affect the flight –for example, hazardous weather or airport disruption – and computes the impact in space and time. The tool also proposes alternative routes, computes any delays, and calculates extra costs incurred by a new route. LuciadLightspeed enables this planning to take place in four-dimensional space and allows the operator to re-route in real time. “The number of flights is increasing and flight operations centres are looking to introduce more automation into the planning process,” Dr Bart Adams, Hexagon Geospatial Luciad director Products & Innovation, explained to Jane’s . “Lufthansa developed the prototype to see if the system operates fast enough and is capable of computing a re-route.” LIDO has started to develop an operational version.

LuciadLightspeed was also selected by Airbus Defence and Space to help flight-plan military test flights or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations in busy airspace. “Airbus wanted to automate the way you reserve military airspace, avoiding conflicts and intersections,” said Adams.

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