VUTURA is a SESAR Horizon 2020 project supporting the development of U-space; the European vision for the safe, secure and efficient management of drone traffic.
The project was designed with the intent of validating the practical functionality of U-space services with tests in urban and rural areas.Flight demonstrations take place at different locations in The Netherlands (Delft, Enschede and the Flevoland Province), in close cooperation with the Dutch Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The project has four major goals:
- Validate the use of shared airspace between existing airspace users (manned aviation) and drones
- Validate that more than one U-space Service Provider (USP) can provide U-space services in a specific airspace, and the procedures to manage the drone flights, including the involvement of Air Traffic Control (ATC)
- Ensure that the developments within SESAR and the services of commercial USP’s are aligned and contribute to proposals for aligning these (if needed) and for regulation and standardisation
- Increase the pace by which European cities and companies exploit emerging technologies related to drones. This will improve quality of life in cities, create concrete socio-economic outcomes and help European companies to take a leading position in the new smart city market.
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