SESAR New Call - U-space demonstrators across Europe

SESAR New Call - U-space demonstrators across Europe


The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) has launched a call for proposals for studies, including demonstrations, on drone traffic management in Europe.

The call is a further step towards the European Commission’s U-space vision for ensuring safe and secure access to airspace for drones.

U-space is an enabling framework designed to facilitate any kind of routine mission, in all classes of airspace and all types of environment - even the most congested – while addressing an appropriate interface with manned aviation and air traffic control. When fully deployed, a wide range of drone missions that are currently being restricted will be possible thanks to a sustainable and robust European ecosystem that is globally interoperable.

The main objective of the call is “to comprehensively prepare and de-risk a rapid deployment of U-space initial services (U2) as outlined in the U-space Blueprint. U2 provides the initial set of key services building on the foundation services (U1) by adding game-changing improvements enabling initial beyond visual line-of-sight operations (BVLOS) in rural, urban and sub-urban environments and facilitating the processes for authorisations for some drone operations”. Projects establishing a connection with the EU Smart Cities initiative are particularly encouraged.

Total call budget of EUR 9,500,000

5 to 10 demonstration sites across 5 different EU Member States will be funded.

Budget per proposal: 1-2 M Euro


The deadline for the submission of applications is 15.5.2018


4 U-space blocks of services and enabling technologies:
• U1 - U-space foundation services provide e-registration, e-identification and Geofencing.
• U2 - U-space initial services support the management of drone operations and may include
   flight planning, flight approval, tracking, airspace dynamic information, and procedural
   interfaces with air traffic control.
• U3 - U-space advanced services support more complex operations in dense areas and may
   include capacity management and assistance for conflict detection. Indeed, the availability of
   automated DAA functionalities, in addition to more reliable means of communication, will

   lead to a significant increase of operations in all environments.
• U4 - U-space full services, particularly services offering integrated interfaces with manned
   aviation, support the full operational capability of U-space and will rely on very high level of
   automation, connectivity and digitalisation for both the drone and the U-space system. 


For Q&A you can contact SESAR info center:  

You can download all relevant documents here


U-space Blueprint brochure final  U-space Blueprint brochure final
Call_for_Proposals_USpace  Call_for_Proposals_USpace
AnnexI_Technical_Specifications  AnnexI_Technical_Specifications
AnnexII_Application_Form  AnnexII_Application_Form

Date 15/05/2018
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