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Metropolis 2: A unified approach to airspace design and separation management for U-space

Objective

Metropolis 2 will provide the fundamentals for concrete solutions for U-space U3/U4 services that are needed to enable high-density urban aerial operations, with a unified approach to the following U-space services: strategic deconfliction, tactical deconfliction, and dynamic capacity management. Thus far, U-space efforts have focused on developing a set of baseline services (i.e., U1 and U2 capabilities enabling services such as identification, flight planning, and tracking). When deployed, these services will enable low traffic density applications such as agricultural surveillance and infrastructure inspection. Urban, high-density operations, however, will require a different approach, and a degree of autonomy that does not yet exist in current-day air traffic management. First, in order to sustain high traffic demands, the urban airspace must be able to allow a shared use of airspace, rather than the approach used today of exclusively assigning parts of the airspace to individual flights. Secondly, at the expected extremely high traffic densities, airspace design, flight planning, and separation management become increasingly interdependent. With the traffic densities that are considered for urban applications these interdependencies necessitate a unified approach to all aspects of traffic management that determine how vehicles interact with each other. This project will develop a unified approach to airspace rules on the one hand, and flight planning and separation management approaches on the other hand. It will build upon the results of the current U-space projects, the first Metropolis project, and established separation algorithms. Several concepts, differing in how separation is performed (strategic/tactical, ground/air) will be compared using simulations, and the most promising concept will be validated in a real-world demonstration. The results of Metropolis 2 will contribute towards enabling safe and efficient U-space operations in urban environments.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/transport planning/air traffic management

Call for proposal

H2020-SESAR-2019-2
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Funding Scheme

SESAR-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 423 140

Participants (6)

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 116 421,25
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLE NATIONALE DE L AVIATION CIVILE
France
EU contribution
€ 251 562,50
Address
Avenue Edouard Belin 7
31400 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 242 261,25
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIFLY
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 244 062,50
Address
Luchthavenl 7A Unit 6 Airport Business Center
2100 Antwerpen Deurne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVERIS AEROESPACIAL Y DEFENSA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 240 312,50
Address
Camino Fuente De La Mora 1
28050 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments