Unlocking the Potential of U-Space
Enable complex and large-scale operations with the implementation of an Unmanned Traffic Management system in the skies.
Integrating manned and unmanned aviation via U-space requires several phases of preparation at a local, regional and national level. Our regulatory and operational experts can help you prepare and implement U-space airspace.
1. U-space Risk Assessment
U-Space airspace can be designated for various reasons, such as safety, security, privacy or environmental concerns. As a competent authority you are responsible for the coordination mechanism that ensures the establishment, efficient operation and safety monitoring of the airspace and provided services therein.
The planning phase of the coordination mechanism includes a comprehensive stakeholder analysis and airspace risk assessment, taking into account the risks in the air and on the ground. With our experience in both manned and unmanned operations, we can help you put in place the coordination mechanism and perform required stakeholder analysis and risk assessment.
To establish U-space airspace as a competent authority, you need to have a thorough understanding of mandatory and optional services that can be delivered within the airspace, the various architectures that can be set up and the decisions that need to be made on the possible governance and finance models. AirHub Consultancy can help to set up the basis for the governance of U-space.
As a USSP, you will need to meet requirements regarding the interface with the CIS and/or ATS provider(s). Also, you need to fulfill requirements for data and information sharing and use specific information exchange models and protocols. If you are a civil aviation authority, ANSP or potential USSP or CIS, we can support you with our technical know-how as a EUROCAE member, operational experience and legal expertise on how to set up the U-space architecture and information flows.
USSP & CIS
To become a U-space service provider (USSP) or common information service (CIS) provider, you need to set up a robust management system and have a solid business plan. Furthermore, a security management system and occurrence reporting system must be developed, as well as an operations manual including a contingency and emergency response plan. Together with our partners we can help you set up the required documentation, train your personnel and implement all systems and processes.
As a competent authority, you must be able to perform the certification of potential USSP and CIS, maintain oversight and enforce safety where necessary. To do this you will need technical and operational capacity and expertise. We can help you set up an efficient and compliant certification process, oversight mechanism and enforcement processes and train your personnel to perform these tasks.
To enable a large number of drones and complex operations, an unmanned traffic management system called U-space is being introduced. U-space is a set of services and procedures for an automated traffic management system that ensures safe and efficient operations. In 2021, AirHub Consultancy answered the question, "What are the most relevant scenarios for the governance and finance of U-space in the Netherlands?" The aim of the study is to provide the Ministry with tools for relevant scenarios that serve as a starting point for the implementation of U-space regulations in the Netherlands.
LVNL is currently looking at their role in the unmanned aviation industry. While today's operations in controlled airspace are limited by capacity and legislation, operations in uncontrolled airspace are beyond the scope of LVNL's services. However, they might play an important role in uncontrolled airspace as well in terms of information management (in traditional aviation known as AIP) and in the near future with U-space. LVNL asked AirHub and MovingDot to identify the required information that is needed to safely conduct drone operations, how it can be defined as D-AIM, and how this relates to the basic architecture for different types of airspace (uncontrolled, controlled, and U-space).
LVNL is currently examining their role in the unmanned aviation industry, particularly for U-space. With the European U-space legislation, the concept of dynamic reconfiguration has been introduced to avoid proximity between manned and unmanned aircraft within U-space. It applies to U-space airspace designated within controlled airspace, where Air Traffic Control (ATC) - LVNL for civil controlled airspace (e.g., Schiphol) in the Netherlands - is responsible.
Webinar: Preparing for U-Space
Drones have the potential to greatly benefit the European and global economies. The recent implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/664 on a regulatory framework for U-space is expected to encourage the development of drone-based services that can contribute to this potential.
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