Five projects receive EUR47.5m European digital sky demonstrators’ funding to accelerate U-space

The European Commission has awarded five grant agreements for a total of EUR47.5 million as part of the Transport division’s funding for Digital Sky Demonstrators (DSD). The demonstrators are implemented in cooperation with SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and are led by Eurocontrol, Airbus, Skeyes, Startical, and Future Mobility Campus Ireland. The demonstrators are due to be launched in 2023 and will run until 2026. The CEF Transport funding follows the Commission’s call for tender in June 2022.

The five projects aim to accelerate the market uptake of SESAR solutions for greener aviation as well as U-space and urban air mobility. They are key tools to support the Commission vision of delivering the Digital European Sky, matching the ambitions of the ‘European Green Deal’ and the ‘Europe fit for the digital age’ initiatives.

The Digital Sky Demonstrators will take place in live operational environments and will put to the test (on a very large scale) the technological solutions necessary to deliver the Digital European Sky. The demonstrators are part of an innovation pipeline to bridge the gap between applied/industrial research and industrialisation, and to accelerate market uptake. Critical to their success will be the involvement of early movers, as well as a strong and close connection with relevant standardisation and regulatory activities and bodies.

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