The SESAR Joint pursuing GOF U-space project in Estonia and Finland is exhibiting that Europe is developing with its idea for the so-called U-space to verify safe and secure drone traffic management.

The project focus on accelerating manned and unmanned mobility in the lower airspace, making fast development in the use of drones while exhibiting progress towards reaching the objective of unified European airspace.

With co-financing from the SESAR Joint pursuing within the framework of the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme, GOF U-space illustrates and qualifies seven drone use cases, while addressing questions of safety, security, environment and privacy and public perception.

The use cases involve international parcel delivery between Helsinki and Tallinn, urban drone fleet operations in Helsinki with police intervention and maritime traffic surveillance merged with search-and-rescue over the Gulf of Finland.

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The consortium is also operating on revealing the use of UTM, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management for handling drone taxi traffic by displaying a live Drone Taxi flight from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to downtown Helsinki.

The U-space presentation shows the fitness for the basis of combining commercial off the shelf, COTS UTM components to reveal all stages of drone operations with an objective on pre-flight and flight execution. The U-space architecture is based on a federation of U-space service provider microservices to collectively handle all drone traffic in the same geographical region.

U-space service providers will swap details and synchronize themselves with the help of new interoperable standards to be developed for the demonstration, permitting for automated drone traffic management and better situational awareness among all U-space stakeholders.

The members of U-space consortium are ANS Finland, Estonian ANS, AirMap, Altitude Angel, Fleetonomy, Frequentis, Robots Expert, and Unifly.

GOF is one of six SESAR U-space demonstrations, which over the next 18 months will be brought in rural areas and European cities like Belgium, Estonia, Finland France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain with a motive to display the readiness of U-space services to handle a broad range of drone operations and related services

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