EU Certiflight project completes preliminary design phase, identifies hardware and software designs

Partners in Certiflight, an EU-funded project to establish flight position information of drones and ultralight aircraft, presented preliminary design results to the project officer and reviewers during the critical design review meeting at the EUSPA headquarters in Prague at the end of August.

The Critical Design Review (CDR) is the third major milestone of the project. Its objective is to ensure that the system requirements and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) of the Certiflight solution are defined and the platform specification is ready to start the development.

The main outcomes of the CDR are:

  • A clear understanding of the users’ needs, market opportunities and the regulatory environment applicable
  • The first results of the technical studies undertaken
  • The definition of the CONOPS of the Certiflight operations
  • The definition of the System Architecture
  • The establishment of the system requirements
  • And finally, the analysis of the Business Model of the Certiflight service

These outcomes make up a valuable input that makes it possible to start the development and prototyping stage of the project.

The meeting started with the presentation of the results of the key technical studies carried out since the beginning of the project:

  • GNSS and GSD algorithms, including the Authenticated Position Propagation (APP) and the GNSS Spoofing Detector (GSD) services
  • e-Conspicuity and automated separation algorithms
  • U-space regulation compliance and standards.

Architecture, requirements and CONOPS

After the coffee break, the partners described the key design decisions adopted for the development of the solution, following the established engineering practices. These include the selection of the hardware and software design, interfaces required with users and data service providers, and the alignment of the requirements with the users’ needs.

The next section of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of the preliminary Business Model for the Certiflight service, offering an overall perspective on the market needs and potential of the Certiflight concept, the added value of the proposed solution and the potential business models.

The partners shared the results of their efforts to get feedback from users, service providers, authorities, regulators, and other stakeholders.

Certiflight will use this feedback to guide its communication and dissemination efforts, and to identify where it needs to improve the understanding of its solution by the community.

Certiflight uses the Galileo OSNMA feature to certify the flight tracks of drones and ultralight aircraft inside the Very Low Level (VLL) airspace.

  • Certiflight users such as UAS and GA pilots use the Certiflight UTM Box while they are flying.
  • A secure link is established between the authenticated OSNMA positioning data through a dedicated blockchain.
  • End users access the system through the operator portal.
  • The certification portal is available to third parties that need to verify the certified information.

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