EXPLORATORY RESEARCH (ER4)

BUBBLES – Defining the building basic blocks for a U-space separation management service. BUBBLES aims to formulate and validate the concept of a U-space advanced (U3) ‘separation management service’. It will develop algorithms to compute the collision risk of UAS (Unmanned aircraft systems), allowing to define separation minima and methods, so that a safety level stated in terms of overall probability of collision can be defined and maintained.

Web: https://bubbles-project.eu/

DACUS – Demand and capacity optimisation in U-space. DACUS aims to develop a service-oriented demand and capacity balancing (DCB) process for drone traffic management. This overall objective responds to an operational and technical need in European drone operations for a tangible solution integrating the functionalities of the SESAR U-space services for drone traffic management (DTM) to produce timely, efficient and safe decisions.

Web: https://dacus-research.eu/

ICARUS – Integrated common altitude reference system for U-space. ICARUS aims to propose an innovative solution to the challenge of the common altitude reference inside very low-level (VLL) airspace with the definition of a new U-space service and its validation in a real operational environment.

Webwww.u-spaceicarus.eu/

Metropolis 2 – A unified approach to airspace design and separation management for U-space. Metropolis 2 aims to provide the fundamentals for concrete solutions for U-space U3/U4 services that are needed to enable high density urban aerial operations, with a unified approach to the following U-space services: strategic deconfliction, tactical deconfliction, and dynamic capacity management.

Web: www.sesarju.eu/projects/Metropolis2

USEPE – U-space separation in Europe. USEPE aims to research drones’ separation methods in high demanding environments, such as cities, and on the use of machine learning algorithms to automate the safe separation and deconfliction of drones, while maintaining airspace capacity in different environments. The research will take into account both the strategic and tactical flight phases.

Web: www.sesarju.eu/projects/USEPE

INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (W3)

AURA – ATM U-space interface (PJ.34 W3). The project aims to identify the requirements for U-space information exchange with ATM through system-wide information management and will validate a set of selected U-space services, developing the service definition for the SWIM candidate services. It will also provide inputs for the current regulatory and standardisation initiatives regarding U-space with a high involvement of external stakeholders.

Web: www.sesarju.eu/projects/aura

VERY LARGE-SCALE DEMONSTRATIONS

AMU-LED – Air mobility urban large experimental demonstrations. The project aims to develop a detailed concept of operations and define urban air missions followed by simulations and a large-scale real flight demonstration campaign to verify and validate the concepts. The project will allow UAM stakeholders to specify various use cases applicable to logistics and urban transport of passengers, design or integrate UAM environment, test the UAS ground and airborne platforms and finally, assess safety, security, sustainability and public acceptance.

Web: www.sesarju.eu/projects/AMU-LED

CORUS-XUAM – Concept of operations for European U-space service – extension for urban air mobility. CORUS-XUAM will demonstrate how U-space services and solutions could support integrated urban air mobility (UAM) flight operations, allowing eVTOLs/UAS and other airspace users (unmanned and manned) to operate safely, securely, sustainably and efficiently in a controlled and fully integrated airspace, without undue impact on operations currently managed by ATM. The project is proposed by the consortium that delivered the CORUS U-space ConOps in 2019, extended by the addition of UAM expertise.

Web: www.sesarju.eu/projects/CORUSUXAM

GOF 2.0 – Integrated urban airspace very large-scale demonstration. The project will demonstrate operational validity of serving combined UAS, eVTOL and manned operations in a unified, dense urban airspace using current ATM and U-space services and systems. Both ATM and U-space communities depend extensively on the provision of timely, relevant, accurate and quality-assured digital information to collaborate and make informed decisions.

Web: www.sesarju.eu/projects/GOF2

SAFIR-MED – Safe and flexible integration in advanced U-space and flexible services focusing on medical air mobility. The project will combine five unmanned UAV platforms (passenger eVTOL, hydrogen fuel cell VTOL, AED medical drone, X8 medical transport) with manned aviation in real-life demonstrations validating technology and the maximum number of U-space services in real urban environments. The results are expected to help refine the current U-space architecture principles and create measurable indicators for the inclusion on UAM smart city transport roadmaps, supporting standardisation and safety.

Web: https://www.safir-med.eu

TINDAIR – Tactical instrumental deconfliction and in flight resolution. The project aims to demonstrate and refine the safety, performance, standardisation and regulatory requirements to enable UAM with specific focus on U-space U3 services identified in the U-space Blueprint and refined by CORUS, and, unlock new and enhanced applications and mission types in high density and high complexity areas.