U-space among five research projects to receive funding from French transport ministry

A project to develop a miniaturized system on board a drone to support integration of unmanned and manned airspace is among five projects selected by the French Ministry of Transport as part of its Propulse acceleration project. Measurement of radar antennas by drone’ is a U-space programme sponsored by the French aviation agency DGAC.

The Ministry of Transport is supporting accelerated development of the five projects over a five month period and providing funding of up to EUR100,000 per project.

Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari announced five winners selected by the Innovation Agency for Transport (AIT) on 1 February including projects for smartphones, HGV access, virtual reality and runway de-icing.

Propulse was launched in August 2021 by the Transport Innovation Agency (AIT) as a programme to support and accelerate innovation for transport. Several calls for projects have been initiated:

  • A call for “sustainable transport” projects   which aims to support high-impact projects for the decarbonisation of transport, in order to facilitate experimentation and scaling up
  • A “Data Communities” call for projects   which aims to bring together entities providing data and providers of solutions within the mobility ecosystem, to promote collaboration in the exchange and development of mobility data
  • A call for “Intrapreneurship” projects to provide support for projects internal to the ministry
  • A call for projects “Development of spaces for multiple use/U-SPACE” which is part of a process of better management of air traffic for drones at very low altitude in Europe and shared access to airspace.

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