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U-space concept of operations: a key enabler for opening airspace to emerging low-altitude operations

Barrado, Cristina and Boyero, Mario and Brucculeri, Luigi and Ferrara, Giancarlo and Hately, Andrew and Hullah, Peter and Martin-Marrero, David and Pastor, Enric and Rushton, Anthony Peter and Volkert, Andreas (2020) U-space concept of operations: a key enabler for opening airspace to emerging low-altitude operations. Aerospace. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/aerospace7030024 ISSN 2226-4310

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Opening the sky to new classes of airspace user is a political and economic imperative for the European Union. Drone industries have a significant potential for economical growth according to the latest estimations. To enable this growth safely and efficiently, the CORUS project has developed a concept of operations for drones flying in Europe in very low-level airspace, which they have to share that space with manned aviation, and quite soon with urban air mobility aircraft as well. U-space services and the development of smart, automated, interoperable, and sustainable traffic management solutions are presented as the key enabler for achieving this high level of integration. In this paper, we present the U-space concept of operations (ConOps), produced around three new types of airspace volume, called X, Y, and Z, and the relevant U-space services that will need to be supplied in each of these. The paper also describes the reference high-level U-space architecture using the European air traffic management architecture methodology. Finally, the paper proposes the basis for the aircraft separation standards applicable by each volume, to be used by the conflict detection and resolution services of U-space.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134405/
Document Type:Article
Title:U-space concept of operations: a key enabler for opening airspace to emerging low-altitude operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Barrado, Cristinacristina.barrado (at) upc.eduhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0100-724X
Boyero, Mariomario.boyero-perez (at) eurocontrol.inthttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2079-1255
Brucculeri, Luigiluigi.brucculeri (at) technosky.itUNSPECIFIED
Ferrara, Giancarlogiancarlo.ferrara (at) eurocontrol.intUNSPECIFIED
Hately, Andrewandrew.hately (at) eurocontrol.intUNSPECIFIED
Hullah, Peterpeter.hullah (at) eurocontrol.intUNSPECIFIED
Martin-Marrero, Daviddavid.martin-marrero (at) eurocontrol.intUNSPECIFIED
Pastor, Enricenric (at) ac.upc.eduhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7587-8702
Rushton, Anthony Peteranthony.rushton (at) nats.co.ukUNSPECIFIED
Volkert, AndreasAndreas.Volkert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:7 March 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/aerospace7030024
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Barrado, Cristinacristina.barrado@upc.edu0000-0003-0100-724X
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:ConOps; UAS; drones; airspace; aircraft separation; U-space architecture
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Traffic Concepts and Operation
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Volkert, Andreas
Deposited On:21 Apr 2020 23:54
Last Modified:24 Apr 2020 13:48

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