In short

PROJECT ID

Metropolis 2

PROJECT DURATION

2020-11-01 > 2023-01-31

TOTAL COST

EUR 1.838.178,75

EU CONTR.

EUR 1.692.760,00

STATUS

Ongoing

Objectives

Metropolis 2 provides 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,
  • dynamic capacity management.

Thus far, U-space efforts have focused on developing a set of baseline services (i.e., U1 and U2 capabilities enabling services such as identification, flight planning, and tracking). When deployed, these services enable low traffic density applications such as agricultural surveillance and infrastructure inspection.

Urban, high-density operations, however, require a different approach, and a degree of autonomy that does not yet exist in current-day air traffic management. First, in order to sustain high traffic demands, the urban airspace must be able to allow a shared use of airspace, rather than the approach used today of exclusively assigning parts of the airspace to individual flights. Secondly, at the expected extremely high traffic densities, airspace design, flight planning, and separation management become increasingly interdependent. With the traffic densities that are considered for urban applications these interdependencies necessitate a unified approach to all aspects of traffic management that determine how vehicles interact with each other.

This project develops a unified approach to airspace rules on the one hand, and flight planning and separation management approaches on the other hand. It builds upon the results of the current U-space projects, the first Metropolis project, and established separation algorithms. Several concepts, differing in how separation is performed (strategic/tactical, ground/air) that is compared using simulations, and the most promising concept being validated in a real-world demonstration. The results of Metropolis 2 contribute towards enabling safe and efficient U-space operations in urban environments.

Participants

  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (Coordinator)
  • STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
  • ECOLE NATIONALE DE L AVIATION CIVILE
  • LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
  • UNIFLY
  • EUROCONTROL - EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE SAFETY OF AIR NAVIGATION
  • EVERIS AEROESPACIAL Y DEFENSA SL
  • PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 892928

European Union