SESAR U-ELCOME research project names Benidorm as test location for U1 and U2 U-space services

Launched in November 2022, the 3-year U-ELCOME SESAR research project coordinated by Eurocontrol aims to foster the uptake of U1 and U2 U-space services through development, testing, and demonstration of early U1 and U2 U-space solutions across 15 locations in Spain, Italy, and France.

Project leaders recently selected Benidorm as a test environment to help establish the guidelines to achieve safe navigation for drones.

Benidorm will provide a coordination centre for the U-ELCOME project, which will be located at the old police checkpoint, a heliport “that can be used as a vertiport” and the digitalisation of the town with urban planning and population densities analyses.

U-ELCOME DSD project is configured as a space for drones to receive services and information “with the aim of avoiding conflicts and collisions and flying safely”, explained Norberto Vera, a representative of Eurocontrol. “The goal is to define the roles and responsibilities of the U-space users so that it is secure, that it allows privacy and that it favours the continuous growth of this industry. Benidorm, in fact, due to its characteristics, has become an urban laboratory in which the guidelines are applied and analysed to guarantee safety in drone navigation in the future, or for the definition of national airspace in this matter”, Vera said.

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