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Oct 1, 2018 Projects


The SAFIR-consortium was selected by the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) to demonstrate integrated drone traffic management for a wide range of drone activities in Belgium.

The goal of SAFIR is to contribute to the EU legislation process in regard to drones and to the implementation of interoperable, harmonized and standardized drone services in Europe. The SAFIR-consortium consists of the follow organizations:

  • Unifly
  • Amazon Prime Air
  • Skeyes
  • DronePort
  • Proximus
  • Port of Antwerp
  • Helicus
  • Elia
  • High Eye
  • C-Astral
  • Tekever
  • Aveillant

SESAR JU is responsible for the coordination of all EU research and development activities in air traffic management. The goal of the demonstration is to help SESAR JU with their contribution to the U-space vision of the European Commission to integrate drones into the airspace in a safe manner.

SAFIR will conduct multiple demonstrations of viable, robust and usable drone operations throughout Europe. These demonstrations consist of surveillance flights at the Port of Antwerp, drone delivery, medical transports between hospitals, power line mapping and pylon inspection.

Additionally, there will be an evaluation of the use of telecom technology for data communication between manned and unmanned aircraft. A radar system capable of following cooperative and non-cooperative drones will also be used.

The SAFIR project will demonstrate a variety of U-space services with a large number of drones. In the meantime, three U-space service providers (USSP) will manage the airspace.

The activities will take place at two locations in Belgium. The first location is DronePort, a state-of-the-art drone facility located in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The second location is the greater area of Antwerp, including the Port of Antwerp.


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