The Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space demonstration project is funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking, as part of one of the six SESAR U-space demonstrations. The project will take place in Estonia and Finland, with the aim to ensure safe and secure drone traffic management.
The project consists of a broad consortium with 19 members, including three world-leading Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) providers and two Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). The consortium brings a wealth of ATM experience and is capable of developing interoperability and data-sharing solutions, which are aligned with SESAR’s overall U-space architecture.
The aim is to establish a pre-operational flight information management system (FIMS) with an architecture capable of integrating existing commercial-off-the-shelf UTM components. The capabilities of the FIMS will be demonstrated in different live cases representing the most typical visual line of sight (VLOS) and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.
There are seven operations in total, including:
- International parcel delivery between Helsinki and Tallinn
- Dense urban drone fleet operations in Tallinn in controlled airspace
- Dense urban drone fleet operations in Helsinki with police intervention
- 100 km+ BVLOS multisensory inspection flights in forestry and utility inspection
- Co-operation with general aviation and recreational users at an uncontrolled airport
- Maritime traffic surveillance combined with search-and-rescue (with drones and helicopters) over the Gulf of Finland
- An electrical vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) Volocopter Air Taxi flight from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Helsinki
The GOF concept enables shared situational awareness for all aviation stakeholders. The proposed SWIM-based, service-oriented architecture (SOA) underlines that the proposed data exchange layer might be subject to a centralized regime owned by the ANSPs providing unique services to U-space service providers (USSP).
GOF addresses not only FIMS to USSP connectivity, but also proposes an open industry standard for connecting unmanned systems (UAS) to selected USSP services. ATM data, such as traffic information, is available to USSP’s through the FIMS, and vice versa, making U-space immediately relevant for low-level aircraft, such as Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), air taxis and state aviation.
FIMS’ in different Flight Information Regions (FIR) can also be interconnected, which will be demonstrated by connecting the FIMS in Estonia to the FIMS in Finland to handle cross-border operations in one of the trials.
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