It is estimated that by 2050 over 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. Therefore, the role cities play in managing not only urban airspace, but our lives in general has never been more important than it is today. As regulatory changes are underway including a U-space management role for cities themselves, the sooner the cities get familiar with their role in the UAS world, the sooner they will be able to use this technology for the benefit of their citizens. Our vision to facilitate this transition by providing refinements to the current U-space architecture principles, proposing operational procedures and mechanisms for an effective interface with ATC and U-Space service providers and creating Urban Air Mobility indicators which will enable Smart Cities to include UAM in their Transport Roadmaps.
Our demonstrations will take place in the city of Antwerp and the city of Aachen including the MAHHL trans-border region, and a de-risking exercise will take place at the DronePort test-facility in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. We will further validate results achieved by enhancing the real demonstrations through large-scale simulations in order to test the maximum airspace capacity and then further validating our results by simulating demonstrations in two additional locations in Europe, namely Athens, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic. Lessons learnt will be documented in a Performance Assessment and recommendations report, providing refinements to the current U-space architecture principles and creating measurable indicators for UAM which will enable Smart Cities to include UAM in their Transport Roadmaps and set relevant measurable goals aligned with the current Smart City concept and standards.
The SAFIR-Med project’s vision is to achieve safe, sustainable, socially accepted and socially beneficial urban air mobility. SAFIR-Med represents all value chain actors and stakeholder as either project partner (ATC, USPs, Operators, UAS Manufacturers, cities) or formal associate partner (major customers, technology & service providers) at a representative international level. Five unmanned UAV platforms (passenger eVTOL, Hydrogen fuel cell VTOL, AED medical drone, X8 medical transport) will be combined with manned aviation in real life exercises validating technology in real urban environment.