Stakeholder event

European Network of U-space Stakeholders Meeting in Amsterdam

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The European Network of U-Space Stakeholders met in Amsterdam on 20 March 2023. We learnt about the U-Space implementation approach of the Netherlands and lessons learned from a successful BVLOS operation, recently conducted at the Port of Antwerp.

Members identified in a lively debate, areas that we, as a U-Space community, need to work on to support U-Space implementation.

Three workshops were held in parallel, where we discussed in interactive sessions:

  • Civil-Mil U-Space test centres,
  • Impact of weather on delivery of U-Space services and
  • U-Space business models.

Airhub and MovingDot presented a business model for CISP they prepared for the Dutch Ministry of Transport. They think the CISP role can be performed by several organisations, including their ANSP, vehicle registration authorities, etc. Like other countries, the Dutch are discussing this matter internally.

We developed a high-level business model for USSP, using Strategy Canvas technique, in working sessions in sub-teams. Whilst there are challenges to implement U-Space, the meeting concluded that progress is being made across Europe. Each country is implementing U-Space in a way that meets their needs and constraints. Unsurprisingly, there is no "one size fits all" approach.

We had a lively debate on social acceptance and the need to move the rhetoric to opportunities drones will provide vs restrictions it might impose on social liberties of citizens. Ultimately, the opportunities will need to outweigh restrictions for people to socially accept drones. The group agreed that citizens are likely to accept the use of drones to save lives of people and for providing essential services. However, to make the industry economically viable, use of drones will need to be accepted by citizens to deliver commercial services too.

Download the presentations

Dutch approach towards implementing U-space

Wilbert Ritsema Dutch Ministry of Transport

D-Hive: Drones @ Port of Antwerp Bruges

Didier Decaestecker Skeydrone

Workshop: Impact of weather on delivering U-space services

Stéphane Vaubourg and Andrew Hately EASA and EUROCONTROL

Synergies between civil, security and defence industry capabilities related to U-Space test centres

Robin Garrity and João Caetano SESAR Joint Undertaking and European Defense Agency

SES2+ Pricing Principles for CIS

Lendina Smaja European Commission - DG Move

U-space business models

Toby Enzerink and Alejandra Hertfelder AirHub and MovingDot

Ultra-local weather for Drone & eVTOL operations

Fernando Trolia Slamic Vaisala


Time Session
08:30 - 10:00 Registration and morning networking coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome and introduction
Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL
10:15 - 10:45 U-Space Implementation Approach of the Netherlands
Wilbert Ritsema, Dutch Ministry of Transport
10:45 - 11:15

The Port of Antwerp Bruges' D-hive project enabled through SkeyDrone's BVLOS framework)
Bob Spanoghe, Port of Antwerp Bruges
Didier Decaestecker, SkeyDrone

11:15 - 12:15 U-Space implementation challenges (Interactive session)
Maria Algar Ruiz, EASA
Giancarlo Crivellaro, European Commission - DG Move
Robin Garrity, Sesar 3 Joint Undertaking
Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL
12:15 - 13:45 Networking lunch
13:45 - 13:50 Workshop practicalities
13:50 - 15:30 U-Space workshops in three separate workspaces:
  • Synergies between civil, security and defence industry capabilities related to U-Space test centres
    Robin Garrity, Sesar 3 Joint Undertaking
    João Caetano, EDA
  • U-Space Business Model
    Moderators: Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL and Giancarlo Crivellaro, European Commission - DG MOVE
    Presentation by Lendina Smaja, European Commission - DG MOVE
    Presentation by Toby Enzerink, AirHub and Alejandra Hertfelder, MovingDot
  • Impact of weather on delivery of U-space services
    Moderators: Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL and Stéphane Vaubourg, EASA
    Presentation by Fernando Trolia Slamic, Vaisala
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon networking coffee
16:00 - 17:00 Presentation from each workshop findings, plenary discussion, and Q&A – Moderated session
17:00 - 17:30 Conclusion and Next Steps
Munish Khurana, EUROCONTROL
17:30 End of meeting
18:00 onwards Evening networking event


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