Switzerland publishes summary of latest U-space progress and next developments

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) Switzerland has published a summary of the latest U-space achievements and the upcoming developments in Switzerland. FOCA decided to summarize the latest U-space achievements in Switzerland and the next steps to be taken ahead of the application of the European Commission’s regulatory package which is due to come into force in January 2023.

The document describes the adoption of the U-space regulatory package in April 2021. It provides summary information about the network remote identification service that will be mandatory for all drone operators wishing to operate in U-space airspace; the geo-awareness service to provide drone operators with information about static and dynamic airspace information and constraints; creation of the Swiss U-space working group (SUSI-OPS); and future steps in the implementation of U-space.

Among next steps, the document describes the UAS flight authorisation service – designed to provide a strategic deconfliction tool; U-space airspace designation; and automated monitoring.

The document can be viewed here.

Swiss U-space Implementation (SUSI) is a Public-Private Partnership between the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, the Swiss ANSP skyguide and thirty-one companies active in the field of drones and U-space. SUSI is actively involved in the progress of the Swiss U-space, which by January 2023 will be ready for the first drones to fly in a U-space airspace.

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