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Certified E-GNSS Remote TrackIng of Drone and Aircraft FLIGHTs

Project description

A new way to keep track of drones

Drones are aircraft without a human pilot, crew or passengers. Originally developed for military missions, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) have taken flight and are increasingly being used in a growing number of commercial sectors. However, there is a need to ensure positioning information is trustable from a legal perspective. In this context, the EU-funded CERTIFLIGHT project will propose a new U-space service for the legal certification of tracks generated by UASs. Specifically, it will develop a digital service for the generation of certified reports of flight tracks and the flight logs of UASs. The core of the system is a digital EGNSS/IoT device. Tracking information is cyphered for transmission to the CERTIFLIGHT platform in real time and permanently stored to a private blockchain node.

Objective

The rising number of UASs (drones) led to the introduction of additional specific rules and procedures for their use (i.e. EU regulatory package 2021/664 U-space) where UASs are expected to operate alongside sport/ultralight and General aviation (GA) aircrafts. For this class of aircrafts and UASs there is no certified component capable of ensuring a positioning information trustable enough as evidential value from a legal perspective.

In response to this need, CERTIFLIGHT project proposes a new U-space service for the legal certification of tracks generated by UASs and aircrafts flights, through the introduction of a new disruptive EGNSS-IoT digital system.
CERTIFLIGHT features a software platform that offers to its customers (UAS Operators, GA Pilots) a digital service for the generation of certified reports of flight tracks and the flight logs of UASs and GA aircrafts, especially for safety related and commercially valuable applications, paving the way for a new class of U-space business services that include the activation of Smart Contracts (i.e. contracts activated when specific conditions are met as flying specific routes for drone parcel delivery). In addition, the recorded tracks may be useful for enforcement (i.e. sanctions for airspace infringement) as well as for possible accident or incident investigations. The core of the system is a digital EGNSS/IoT device installed on UASs and GA manned aircraft, equipped with an OSNMA Galileo/EGNOS enabled receiver, capable to guarantee the authenticity of their position information at the origin, without the possibility to be counterfeited or spoofed. Tracking information is cyphered for transmission to CERTIFLIGHT platform in real time and permanently stored to a private Blockchain node, unalterable once stored. Galileo OSNMA service acts as unique global enabler for this service, ensuring the authenticity of positioning data at the origin.

Coordinator

TOPVIEW SRL
Net EU contribution
€ 485 100,00
Address
VIA PERTINI 25
81020 San Nicola La Strada
Italy

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sud Campania Caserta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 693 000,00

Participants (10)