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U-space for UAM

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Uspace4UAM (U-space for UAM)

Reporting period: 2021-02-01 to 2021-12-31

The project’s overall mission is to prepare safe introduction of UAM, including flying taxis and drones
operating at low and very low levels in suburban and urban areas. Building on early-movers experience, the project will deliver insight and solutions that are sustainable from a societal (safety, environment, noise…) and economical (business enablers) point of view. It will also mature technology that supports higher levels of automation and autonomy in UAM operations, and actively engage in standardisation and regulation efforts to enable such operations. Above all, this project will pave the way for an internationally acceptable ConOps, to frame a safe integration of UAM in U-space and traditional air traffic.
Project started in February 2021. The Kick-off meeting was held online and all consortium members were present together with SJU representatives. Project Management Operating System was set and dedicated sessions for each activity were organized.
During the first reporting period, the Uspace4UAM consortium delivered two contractual deliverables – Demonstration plan (WP4) and Annual Progress Report (WP1). In order to support creation of integrated ConOps within the SESAR framework, the consortium organized Advisory board #1 and invited more than 20 stakeholders representing the UAM ecosystem (cities representatives, leaders of other projects, ANSPs, regulatory bodies, OEMs). The meeting was focused on introduction of project scope and two important ConOps aspects: vertiports operational concept and UAM operation in controlled airspace.

The main portion of work was invested into preparation of five project demonstrations. This effort included:
- maturation of technological elements used in the demonstrations,
- architecture, scenarios, and interfaces definition for each demonstration,
- communication with regulatory bodies including preparation of supporting documentation,
- detailed demonstration planning.

In parallel, the consortium focused on preparation of two ConOps documents (covering UAM and UAV operations) supporting the planned demonstrations.
Advanced technological solutions towards higher levels of automation and autonomy will be matured and demonstrated within the project. Experiences gained in this multi-national consortium will contribute to the maturation of overall UAM ConOps by identifying gaps towards more automated and ultimately autonomous UAM operations in U-space airspace. Project will share the outcomes and lessons learned with relevant European and international standardisation and regulation initiatives.
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