Welcome to the BUBBLES project

I am glad to welcome you on behalf of the BUBBLES consortium to this first release of our newsletter. BUBBLES is a SESAR2020 Exploratory Research project aiming at drawing up a Concept of Operations (ConOps) to provide separation management within the U-space.

30 Oct 2020

Unmanned Air Systems – UAS (commonly known as drones) are a new actor in the aviation market and there is a huge expectation on their potential applications and the benefits they will deliver to society. However, drones are users of the airspace and, as such, lie within the worldwide-agreed ICAO framework and their operation has to be aligned with its principles. Separation management has been the bedrock of air traffic safety since the eve of the aviation and it will also play a key role within the U-space framework, the European implementation of UAS Traffic Management. BUBBLES will formulate and validate a Concept of Operations (ConOps) for a U-space advanced (U3) ‘Separation Management service’, defining the basic blocks from which this service can be built and describing how they should be assembled and operated.

The project will leverage the state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence techniques, the capabilities of new generation wireless communications networks (e.g. 5G) and the work carried out by the ICAO and EUROCONTROL on Performance Based Communication and Surveillance to define separation minima and methods for drones flying in the U-space. The concept will be validated by means of a proof-of-concept which combines numerical (simulated) and experimental validation activities based on test flights.

BUBBLES aims at making the work of Competent Authorities and U-space Service Providers easier and at contributing to increase the safety and efficiency of drone operations in the low-level airspace, thus enabling drone applications in urban areas delivering European citizens the economic and societal benefits expected from them.

BUBBLES will publish three realeases of this newsletter in order to maintain the U-space community up-to-date of the project progress. I hope you find them interesting.

Juan Vicente Balbastre Tejedor
Universitat Politècnica de València – UPV