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.

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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Apr 17, 2018

Your opinion matters in drone integration: CORUS questionnaire

The drone industry is growing at a rapid pace, which means the safe integration of drones into airspace is of the utmost importance. Therefore SESAR, the mechanism which coordinates and concentrates all EU R&D activities in ATM, is making an effort to make this happen in a safe and efficient manner through the U-Space projects.

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Mar 5, 2018

The European approach to safe drone integration

The drone industry has the potential to generate significant economic growth and societal value. The development and growth of the industry is heavily dependent on drones being able to fly safely in airspace areas.

To accomplish this, it is essential that drone operations and manned traffic can be managed in an efficient manner through management solutions such as UTM software for example.

The increasing presence of drones in airspaces means this brings an increase in security, safety and privacy concerns for authorities, but for the general public and businesses as well. Left unchecked, without proper legal and safety regulations, these concerns could turn into serious security, safety and privacy threats.

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