A new European drone industry association, United Systems Europe, is launched

A new European drone industry association, United Systems Europe, has today been publicly launched.

According to a statement:

“In January 2021, taking the aforementioned into consideration, Blyenburgh & Co, France launched the initiative to create the United Systems Europe (USE) foundation. 43 subject matters experts with complementary expertise from 8 countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland), acting in their personal names, participated in a ‘‘scoping group’’, which has produced by means of many emails telephone discussions, and often weekly video meetings, the objectives of the foundation. These persons are wholeheartedly thanked for finding the time to contribute with their valuable inputs and making it possible to formalize this initiative.”

The new association is a Public Private Partnership (foundation) with the objective of contributing “to the creation & growth of a safe, harmonized, sustainable & socially acceptable European market for manually operated, automated & autonomous vehicle (MAA) systems for non-military professional & research applications in the aerial, terrestrial, nautical & space domains.”

The mission of the association is to: “Unite the European community of stakeholders in the field of non-military MAA systems deployed in the air, terrestrial, nautical and space environments, with a special focus on the companies (SMEs/SMIs, including start-ups, and large corporations), non-corporate organisations, and public bodies conducting professional operations (commercial & non-commercial). Produce, in coordination with all relevant regulatory authorities and stakeholders, harmonized contributions to & proposals for matters that are relevant for creating & growing a sustainable and socially acceptable market for the safe operation of MAA systems for all possible current & future purposes, at national, European & international level. Take all existing & developing technological concepts into account to achieve the aforementioned.”

The association’s advisory board comprises:

  • Vassilis Agouridas, UIC2-UAM Initiative Cities Community, Europe
  • Berkay Inan, Austrocontrol
  • Julie Sanchez, Eurocontrol
  • Christian Schleifer, EUROCAE
  • Ron van de Leijgraaf, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands

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