U-space

U-space is a set of new services relying on a high level of digitalization and automation of functions and specific procedures designed to support safe, efficient and secure access to airspace for large numbers of drones. All content in relation to the U-space project is available on this page.

Dec 10, 2019

ISO approved first international standards for drones

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) recently approved the new international safety and quality standards for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The new standards, a result of a 12-month consultation with drone professionals, academics, businesses and the general public, are set to have a massive impact on the future growth of the drone industry throughout the world.

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Dec 9, 2019

PODIUM consortium publishes conclusions and recommendations for U-space

The SESAR Horizon 2020 PODIUM project consortium has published its conclusions and recommendations for U-space in addition to all the supporting material. The project performed demonstrations of U-space services and technologies across five sites in Denmark, France and the Netherlands.

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Oct 21, 2019

PODIUM consortium reaches conclusions on U-space maturity

The PODIUM consortium poses for a photo

The EUROCONTROL-led SESAR Horizon 2020 PODIUM project reviewed its conclusions on U-space maturity and recommendations for deployment with an invited group of engaged stakeholders at EUROCONTROL Brussels on the 17th of October.

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Sep 26, 2019

SAFIR consortium demonstrates viable drone traffic in Port of Antwerp

On September 26, the SAFIR consortium held an Open Day hosted by the Port of Antwerp. A multitude of industrial and commercial drone applications were on display during live demonstrations. During the Open Day, the safety and economic viability of integrated drone traffic in a challenging environment was successfully demonstrated by the various use cases of the consortium partners.

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Jun 14, 2019

Unifly supports 7 simultaneous UTM demonstrations across Europe

Great organisations rise when faced with a challenge.  And what a challenging week it was!

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Apr 2, 2019

PODIUM announces U-space visitor events

Over the coming months, the SESAR Horizon 2020 PODIUM project will perform demonstrations of U-space services and technologies at five locations.

Those locations are the Drones Paris Region cluster (Bretigny, France), the Netherland RPAS Test Centre (Markenesse, The Netherlands), Groningen Airport (Eelde, The Netherlands), Hans Christian Andersen Airport (Odense, Denmark) and Rodez-Aveyron Airport (France). The demonstrations will take place until end June 2019.

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Jan 14, 2019

CORUS validates ConOps in 3rd workshop - open invitation

 

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Jan 1, 2019

With Drone Delivery on Horizon, Europe Prepares Ground Rules

Two years after Amazon completed its first delivery by commercial drone, the idea of routinely using unmanned devices to drop off items at front doors remains a distant, if not far-fetched, dream. The recent shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport, caused by sightings of drones near the runway, underscored the risks and complexities of the efforts.

But as e-commerce continues to grow, drones have the potential to reduce the time, cost and energy needed for many everyday deliveries — assuming they are managed well and used safely.

Before a commercial drone industry can thrive, particularly in the crowded urban areas of Europe, different kinds of drones must be able to fly along their delivery routes without crashing into one another — and under a standardized set of regulations, experts say — not unlike cars on the road.

The path to proving that drones can operate together and be tracked in crowded skies has brought a group of companies to a former military airfield outside Brussels, where they will test their unmanned aviation technology. The project, known as Safir, will help the European authorities devise a set of rules for the commercial use of drones.

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Oct 29, 2018

SAFIR consortium chosen to carry out U-space drone demonstrations in Belgium

The SAFIR consortium, a group of 13 public and private organisations, has been selected by Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) to demonstrate integrated Drone Traffic Management for a broad range of drone operations in Belgium. The goal of the SAFIR project is to contribute to the EU regulatory process for drones and drive forward the deployment of interoperable, harmonised and standardised drone services across Europe.
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Jul 19, 2018

Unifly cosigns Urban Air Mobility initiative in Brussels and in Ghent

Several Belgian cities take the lead in the use of drones in emergency situations by joining the Urban Air Mobility initiative of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-SCC), supported by the European Commission. Ghent and Brussels have already signed the Manifesto.

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