U-WELCOME project workshop analyses challenges of U-space implementation

Experts have met in Spain to analyse the challenges encountered during the initial phases of U-space implementation in the U-ELCOME project, which is coordinated by EUROCONTROL and involves 51 European partners. 

The project is funded by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under the Connecting Europe Facility in cooperation with the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking. It aims to foster scalable market uptake of U1 and U2 U-space services through tests and demonstrations across more than 20 locations in Spain, Italy, and France.

The second U-ELCOME workshop was held at the Polytechnical University of Cataluña, in Castelldefels, last month. Nine topics were discussed in numerous sessions over the two days, covering crucial issues such as interoperability between operators and U-space service providers (USSPs), U-space services, integration with air traffic management (ATM), common information services, communications, local engagement and regulatory challenges, and the utilisation of U-space in emergency and security operations.

The workshop closed with several presentations about other initiatives and how U-space is being implemented in other countries. Alongside the sessions, some industry partners demonstrated their technologies.

The results of the workshop discussions will help form the handbook that the U-ELCOME project is producing in collaboration with external stakeholders. This document aims to capture all the experiences, lessons learned and best practices from first implementers of U-space both within and outside the project, serving as a comprehensive guide for future implementers.

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