The CORUS (Concept of Operation for EuRopean UTM Systems) project gathers experts from aviation (manned and drone), research and academia to develop a harmonized approach for the integration of drones into Very Low Level (VLL) airspace. It is a Horizon 2020 project, established within the context of SESAR.
Drone technology is on the rise. To fully support the rapidly growing drone industry, a harmonized approach for the integration of drones into Very Low Level (VLL) airspace is vital.
Gathering experts from aviation (manned and drone), research and academia, the CORUS consortium will develop and write a concept of operations for U-Space, the European system for management of drones.
CORUS aims to address VLL airspace, also including the airspace around airports.
Starting from the U-Space blueprint and from the ATM Master Plan update, the project will produce detailed definitions of the services necessary for VLL drone operations over the next two years.
The services will be defined in a way that shows how they can and should be used together to enable safe drone operations while balancing the needs of the drone sector with those of society as a whole.
An initial architecture description will also be proposed.
Specifically CORUS will:
- Establish and clearly describe a concept of operations. Develop clear use cases for nominal scenarios and describe how losses of safety in non-nominal situations (e.g. contingency, emergency…) can be minimized.
- Address drones operations in uncontrolled airspace as well as in and around controlled or protected airspace (e.g. airfields).
- Develop a concept enabling safe interaction with all different classes of airspace users taking into account contingencies and emergencies, and making clear any assumptions about the volumes of traffic.
- Examine non-aviation aspects, identifying key issues for society (e.g. safety and privacy, noise …) and offering solutions to ease social acceptance
- Identify necessary services and technical development, quantifying the level of safety and performance required and proposing an initial architecture description.
Comprehensive communication and dissemination activities will be implemented to ensure the widest possible outreach of the project outcomes throughout the project’s life.
The project involves nine partner organizations, led by EUROCONTROL.
The consortium members are DFS, DLR, DSNA, ENAV, EUROCONTROL (leading), HEMAV, NATS, Unifly and UPC.
It is guided by an Advisory Board of 22 members, and a growing ‘U-space Community Network’ of stakeholders. The project also communicates and cooperates with other drone-related projects looking at specific technologies.
CORUS seeks to build a consensus and draw on information and experiences already available. The project activity is centered on 3 workshops that will be held with a wide base of stakeholders, allowing CORUS to build, refine and validate its concept of operations. The workshops are planned to be held in January 2018, June 2018 and January 2019.
The CORUS consortium recognizes that broad acceptance of the CORUS concept of operation is paramount. To this end, the project invites interested parties to join the “U-space Community Network”. UCN members receive information about the project advancement, provide input on a number of questions to guide the project work and are invited to attend the workshops.
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