5 December 2022
SAFIR-Med in EU Drone Days 2022
The Directorate General for Mobility and Transport and the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking hosted the EU Drone Days on November 29th and 30 th in Brussels, attracting more than 400 stakeholders. The event was a backdrop for the launch of the European Commission’s Drone Strategy 2.0, an initiative, which aims to encourage and support the spread of UAV technology and use-cases in daily life and work, while also attaining safety, security, and social acceptance objectives.
The European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, gave the opening speech and many more key stakeholders participated in the panels. The discussions held evaluated the progress of the preparations in the European drone sector to launch an effective and safe U-space across the 27-nation bloc. Participants were also able to visit an exhibition featuring new technologies and applications of urban air mobility and SESAR 2020 U-space projects. The SAFIR-Med project participated in the exhibition, showcasing the SABCA UAV that took part in the Antwerp BVLOS Demo flights and technologies used there.
The SAFIR-Med dissemination leaders from Future Needs with V. Agouridas of UIC2 (UAM Initiative Cities Community), member of the project advisory board
A U-space showcase event took place on the second day of EU Drone Days, allowing private and public stakeholders in the European UAV sector to discuss progress being made toward establishing national and cross-border U-spaces and detail the results of the SESAR 2020 research and demonstration projects. The SAFIR-Med project was one of the SJU projects presented in the section “Demonstrating U-space/Urban air mobility (UAM) -very large-scale demonstration project results”. Mikael Shamim, CEO of Helicus and SAFIR-Med Project Coordinator informed the audience on the project aims and operational value chain, emphasising the need for further automation in the processes of establishing UAM.
Minute 43 to minute 55, Mikael Shamim, coordinator of the SAFIR-Med project presenting its aims and value chain in EU Drone Days, 2022
Several project partners including Droniq GmbH, Future Needs, Helicus, INVOLI, SABCA-UAS, skeyes and Unifly were present and had the opportunity to share more information on the project achievements and technologies applied. Learn more about the event here: