About BrightSky

The BrightSky project is an open partnership that aims to stimulate intensive and long-term collaboration with, and innovation at, many companies in the aviation sector. BrightSky is therefore a fertile breeding ground for R&D within and outside the aviation sector in general. BrightSky aims to allow Dutch aviation to play a leading role in Europe for a long time and to prepare itself to take advantage of new economic opportunities.

Through this project, the consortium partners want to focus on innovation as a means to accelerate and strengthen the position of the Dutch aviation sector at and around the airport.

BrightSky Mobility Fund

The BrightSky partners have selected topics for the grant application that fit in with the R&D Mobility Regulation and are complementary to other initiatives in which the various partners are already involved.

The R&D Mobility Regulation project BrightSky consists of 5 work packages. Within these work packages, BrightSky emphasizes the following three integral aspects:

  • Social innovation – how do we obtain a healthy workforce where, with the right direction, we can develop talents in the direction demanded by technological developments and which meet the challenges presented by the market?
  • Digitization – how do we use the opportunities that the innovative possibilities of digitization (storage, work content, scanning, data sharing and preventive maintenance) offer us?
  • Sustainability – how do we approach the subject of sustainability (labour potential, ecosystem development, economic and environmental impact)? How do the work packages contribute to the sustainability goals for 2030?

Smart Autonomous Airside

BrightSky Airport Vehicle

T-Hive and Vanderlande are involved in BrightSky’s Work Package 3 (WP3 – Smart Autonomous Airside) which aims to develop an airport system that systematically makes the coordination and control of airport sub-systems more sustainable and digitised, including the autonomous handling of baggage to and from the aircraft.

Two main tasks have been defined.

  1. Defining, specifying, developing and validating the tactical prioritisation for multi-fleet logistics and its governance system. The end result will consist of a detailed process description – including a flowchart and a system definition – of how to arrive at the most optimal selected prioritisation based on defined KPIs.
  2. Defining, specifying, developing and validating the control of a secure automated baggage handling process. The end result will consist of an emulation environment in which operational scenarios can be simulated and visualised in such a way that a realistic picture is obtained of relevant processes and systems. In this way, the system control is (at least in part) realised by its control components. However, other elements from reality are replaced by models or simulated components.