Unifly’s UTM platform completes demonstrations for CORUS-XUAM project

Unifly, the unmanned traffic management (UTM) company of Terra Drone Corporation, has announced the successful completion of the CORUS-XUAM project, a collaborative effort to reshape the landscape of urban air mobility (UAM) globally. 

The initiative focused on the safe and efficient integration of UAM operations by extending the current U-space Concept of Operations.

Six very large-scale demonstrations (VLDs) in Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Sweden, validated the integrated operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft alongside manned aircraft operations for diverse mission types such as passenger transport, logistics, delivery, emergency response, and surveillance. These VLDs showcased advanced forms of interaction through digital data exchange supported by integrated and advanced U-space services in various scenarios, including urban, suburban, and inter-city settings, as well as areas in and near air traffic management (ATM) controlled airspaces and airports.

The Belgian VLD, centered around the Antwerp urban port area near controlled airspace, aimed at developing guidelines for safe UAM operations at urban ports and other critical infrastructure sites. Unifly’s UTM platform was deployed to tackle challenges such as situational awareness and flight authorisations, and enabled scalability for UAM operations.

The results, bolstered by consultation with diverse stakeholders, were used to consolidate the Concept of Operations (ConOps) V.4. which serves as a reference manual for U-space, by addressing UAM needs, regulatory evolution, and inputs from other R&D projects.

Building on the success of CORUS-XUAM, other SESAR JU projects have picked up on the results and continue the research and testing. 

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