• Project ID VUTURA
  • Project duration 2018-10-01 > 2020-03-31
  • Cost
    • Total 2.177.899,05
    • EU Contr. 1.088.949,53
  • Status Ongoing

VUTURA is a SESAR CEF project supporting U-space, the European vision for the safe, secure and efficient handling of drone traffic and a key enabler for the growing drone market to generate economic and societal benefits. 

VUTURA has four major goals: 

  • Validate the use of shared airspace between existing airspace users (manned aviation) and drones
  • Validate that more than one U-space Service Provider (USP) can provide U-space services in a specific airspace, and the procedures to manage the drone flights, inlcuding the involvement of Air Traffic Control (ATC)
  • Ensure that the developments whitin SESAR and the services of commercial USP’s are aligned and contribute to proposals for aligning these (if needed) and for regulation and standardisation
  • Increase the pace by which European cities and companies exploit emerging technologies related to drones. This will improve quality of life in cities, create concrete socio-economic outcomes and help European companies to take a leading position in the new smart city market.

Led by NLR, the VUTURA consortium consists of 10 members who each bring their unique expertise and background to the project:

NLR plays a central role in the coordination of drone R&D in the Netherlands. NLR tries to contribute to the connecting link between science, industry and government. For this reason it is the ambition of NLR to contribute to a U-space concept that will result in safe, efficient and innovative drone operations. Currently NLR is involved in many drone projects, for integration of large drones (e.g. through real-time man-in-the-loop simulation) and for small drone systems. NLR participates in six U-Space projects. www.nlr.nl

As University, TUDelft finds it very important to valorise the giant knowledge of the executed research, transfer the knowledge to the businesses and governments by means of a very large demonstration. The technical university of Delft is a renowned European university in the field of aerospace research. The department of Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLAB) will participate in VUTURA and provide drones including the Delftacopter and AED drone. mavlab.tudelft.nl

The City of Enschede will learn about current drone technology and the implications for governance of its city.. Smart City Enschede is a founding partner of Space53, the cluster for unmanned systems located in the Eastern part of the Netherlands. The city of Enschede will facilitate the preparation and execution of VUTURA’s third scenario, featuring drone operations that connect urban area and Technology Base just outside of the city. ww.enschede.nl

UAV International will learn about current drone technology and implications for governance of drone operations and UTM profiles. UAVI will participate together with Space53. www.uavsolutions.nl

AirHub will gain operational experience with U-space, hence integrating these services into AH Drone Management System at an early stage. As a consultancy firm who is developing drone software including drone operations management platform software, this would especially be beneficial to AH governmental customers from a safety and innovation perspective. www.airhub.nl

LVNL considers the integration of drones into the ATM system as one of the biggest challenges it will face. The Dutch ANSP will participate in the TU-Delft trials as these are situated in the Rotterdam Airport CTR. LVNL will establish guidelines, policies, principles and system examples, as well as gain valuable operational experience with U-Space, enabling us to play our part in a new world. www.lvnl.nl

Unifly will take a major step towards universal data sharing with all types of drones, USPs and aviation authorities, integrating from various sources. This will prepare Unifly to advance to service provision on level U3 and higher. The Belgian U-space service provider connects end-users to authorities. They provide a free app to inform end-user. For authorities they provide means to visualize where drones are and means to add no-drone zones. Unifly is in cooperation with DFS, NAVIAIR, Austria and skeyes. Key U-space functionalities are available. Unifly is involved in multiple SESAR U-space research projects, humanitarian projects in Africa and has activities ongoing in Japan. Their focus is on research, openness and global collaboration. www.unifly.aero

AirMap will enable sophisticated U3 services in a Smart City environment to unlock new use cases and business opportunities for drones in a democratic marketplace in which drones can benefit everyday life. AirMap is a Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) platform provider with solutions for registration, geo-awareness, flight management, authorization, and real-time traffic deconfliction. For the SESAR Vutura project, AirMap will equip each drone operation with dynamic airspace information related to advisories, regulatory requirements, and weather conditions. Once airborne, the drone shares telemetry with the AirMap platform to receive real-time alerts of changes in airspace conditions, including temporary flight restrictions, restricted areas, and live positioning of nearby air traffic for enhanced situational awareness and safety. AirMap is participating in 4 SESAR projects as part of the European Network of U-space Demonstrators. www.airmap.com

Unisphere will integrate multiple drone operators and U-Space providers into the existing framework for risk assessment of drone operations. Obtaining early operational experience on the application of U-space through SESAR is key to enable these services to become an aviation authority approved thread barrier for future drone operations. Unisphere will leverage the results of VUTURA in other European drone projects. www.unisphere.de

Robor Electronics will gain experience in practical development and application of the U-Space network and related communication technologies. Getting in contact with global rule-makers, and other related companies to broaden our field of applications and products. Robor Electronics is developing drone applications for first responders. This includes the fire-brigade who wants to use drones for the detection of gaseous emissions. They have developed a 4D navigation system and are working with LoRa technology. www.robor.nl

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 SJU/LC/345-CTR

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