USpace4UAM (USpace for Urban Air Mobility) is a two-year demonstration project under an open "Very Large Scale Demonstration" call-to-tender by the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Under the consortium leadership of Honeywell, air-taxi and drone system manufacturers, air traffic control providers, service providers and research institutions are grouped together. The participants aim to demonstrate together the current state of research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles and air-taxis in various operational missions. These demonstrations will be conducted in urban environments of several European countries and are intended to further advance the adoption of Urban Air Mobility.
The thirteen-partner consortium plans to carry out well over 200 flight movements, ranging from the use of air-taxis and the provision of medical aids such as a defibrillator to the delivery of blood samples to laboratories. The aim of USpace4UAM is to develop a globally recognized operational concept standard and thus contribute to standardization, to demonstrate the maturity of the technical enablers and to determine the acceptance of these flight missions among the population and the users by means of suitable analyses.
The project will not limit itself to theoretical mission demonstrations. The participants will also specifically develop business scenarios that could enable the demonstrated missions to be carried out in a commercially viable manner. Since the so-called U-space also extends to parts of the controlled and regulated airspace or is adjacent to it, the project will also define appropriate procedures with the air traffic control service providers that guarantee the safe execution of the flights.
The Institute of Flight Guidance is making a significant contribution to the monitoring and analysis of acceptance, which will be cross-sectionally considered for all demonstration flights across the four work packages. Acceptance in the population is considered an essential component for the development of suitable mission cases so that these can be carried out in an economically sustainable manner. The Institute's work also contributes to this, as does its expertise in jointly developing targeted operational concepts that fit seamlessly into European and global concepts in multinational projects.
This U-space project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Connection Europe Facility (CEF) programme under grant agreement 101017643.