The U-space SAFIR consortium, a group of 13 public and private organisations, today hosted an open day at DronePort, Sint-Truiden.
The event was used to showcase integrated drone traffic management for a broad range of drone operations.
The day is among several demonstration projects taking place within the framework of SESAR Joint Undertaking – the entity responsible for coordinating all EU research and development activity in air traffic management.
Together, the projects are offering support to the European Commission’s U-space vision of ensuring safe and secure integration of drones into European airspace.
Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly, the company leading the consortium, said: “U-space as a concept has been launched by Commissioner Bulc and her team less than three years ago. They wanted to bring the drone industry, regulators and ANSPs together to reach a common goal: the safe integration of drone into the airspace. The extremely ambitious SAFIR project is a clear example of how far U-space has evolved and how valuable that vision was.”
Led by Unifly, the SAFIR consortium consists of Amazon Prime Air, Aveillant, C-Astral, DronePort, Elia, Explicit, Helicus, the Port of Antwerp, Proximus, SABCA, skeyes and Tekever.
Violeta Bulc, european commissioner for transport, attended the open day.
She said: Drones mean innovation, new services for citizens, new business models and economic growth. I am delighted to see the progress made by partners through demonstrations like those taking place here today in advancing U-space, and the safe and secure integration of drones in Europe’s airspace.”
The consortium is co-funded by the SESAR JU within the framework of the EU’s Connected Europe Facility.