The European Commission (EC) is advancing to a “U-Space” drone traffic management system comparable to the UTM model in the U.S., with the goal of “making drones part of the European citizens’ daily lives by 2019.”
The U-Space will make denser traffic of automated drones operations over longer distances possible, including over cities, and so open the door to a drone service market with huge economic potential. It would be a reliable system guaranteeing easy and fair access for everyone. At the same time it would provide a safe environment, and make privacy and security rules effective.
The way forward to speed up the development of the U-Space follows three main steps:
- Innovative demonstration projects: Demonstrations on the basis of a U-Space workplan should assess the feasibility of the technologies to speed up their entry into service;
- Setting up new standards: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been tasked to work on specific legislation that will allow the set up of a U-Space. These rules and common standards will have to take into account safety, security, environmental and privacy concerns.
- Intense cooperation with the industry: Without an industry that believes in this vision and invests in drone technologies, there would be no point in developing the infrastructure.
Last 20th of April was celebrated a specific workshop about U-Space organized by SESAR. The Single European Sky ATM Research programme (SESAR) is a major public-private cross-industry initiative. It brings together the aviation industry to develop new technologies and solutions that will improve the way Europe’s airspace is managed and oversee their implementation.
This workshop explored the vision for introducing U-Space operations and technologies in Europe and discussing what’s on the mind of the tech industry’s key innovators. During this wokshop a draft of the U-Space Blueprint was published. The purpose of the U-Space Blueprint is to give an initial description of the concept of U-Space.
Please find attached the draft version of this blueprint whose final document will be published before the end of April 2017.u-space-blueprint-v-0-9_170420