U-space CONOPS and research dissemination conference

EUROCONTROL and partners are pleased to invite you to attend a conference which we are organising to present the U-space concept of operations (ConOps) as well as the results from SESAR Joint Undertaking's portfolio of exploratory research and demonstrations. The event will take place on 30 September - 1 October in Brussels.

As you can read from the programme below, the event has been structured as follows:

  • Day one: Partners in the SESAR U-space CORUS ConOps will present the ConOps document that will be finalised end of September. The Concept of Operations for European UTM Systems (CORUS) project has spent two years developing the ConOps in consultation with a broad stakeholder community. The third and final iteration is now ready for release. The ConOps will be presented over the day, focusing on different aspects and explaining what is in the ConOps, and why;
  • Day two: Partners from the SESAR Joint Undertaking's porfolio of U-space exploratory research and demonstrations will present the results of their flight trials and tests through pitches and a dedicated exhibition. 

CORUS project

The Concept of Operations for European Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Systems (CORUS) project encompasses two years of exploratory research in order to adopt a harmonised approach to integrating drones into very low level (VLL) airspace. CORUS’s task is to describe in detail how U-space should operate so as to allow the safe and socially acceptable use of drones.

U-space projects

A series of drone demonstrations will soon get underway at urban and rural locations across Europe, thanks to funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking within the framework the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme. With a co-financing of EUR 9.5 million, the demos aim to illustrate that Europe is on course with its implementation of U-space, an initiative that aims to ensure safe and secure drone traffic management.


On 30 September, we will present the U-space concept of operations, explaining its principles and key features, the context, in which it fits and the expected path of U-space deployment.

Time Topic and speaker
09:00-09:25 Registration and practical introduction
09:30-09:45 Introduction
09:45-10:20 ConOps overview - introducing the document and the main ideas
10:20-10:45 Problem statement - two viewpoints on the need for U-space, including our assumptions
10:45-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:40 U-space services - a brief tour
11:40-12:10 Airspace structure
12:10-13:15 Lunch
13:15-13:55 Society - social impact and legal aspects
13:55-14:30 Safety - risk based approach
14:30-14:45 Contingency - planning and examples
14:45-15:10 Accidents and incidents reporting
15:10-15:45 Tea break
15:45-17:00 Architecture
17:00-17:15 Outlook - where we go next
17:15-17:30 Closing remarks
17:30-18:30 Networking drink

On 1 October, our attendees will have the opportunity to experience a showcase of SESAR projects that complement the development of the U-space concept of operations.

Time Topic and speaker
09:30-10:00 Welcome
Florian Guillermet, Executive Director, SESAR JU
Koen de Vos, Policy Officer, DG MOVE
Philippe Merlo, Director DECMA, EUROCONTROL
10:00-10:30 Introduction – overall scope of U-space-SESAR research
Ludovic Legros, Programme Manager, SESAR JU
Robin Garrity, ATM expert, SESAR JU

Session 1: What is needed to fly drones safely and securely in Europe?
Presentations by:

  • SAFEDRONE presented by Javier Contreras (INDRA) and Antidio Viguria (CATEC)
  • DIODE (speaker to be confirmed)
  • DREAMS presented by Giuseppe Di Bitonto (IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A.)
  • PercEvite presented by Hazem Sallouha and Franco Minucci (KU Leuven)
  • AIRPASS by Dr. Robert Geister (DLR) (to be confirmed)
  • SECOPS presented by Rene Wiegers (NLR)
11:45–12:15 Break and visit of project stands

Session 2: Can multiple service providers work in the same airspace at the same time?
Presentations by:

  • GOF presented by Maria Tamm (Estonian ANS)
  • SAFIR (speaker to be determined)
  • VUTURA presented by Henk Hesselink (NLR)
  • EURODRONE presented by Professor Vaios Lappas
  • IMPETUS presented by Pablo Sánchez (Escalonilla)
  • DOMUS (speaker to be determined)
13:30–14:25 Walking lunch and visit to the project stands
14:25–14:30 Group picture

Session 3: Are we ready to deploy U-space?
Presentations by:

  • DROC2OM presented by Troels Bundgaard Sørensen
  • GEOSAFE presented by Arthur Moussiere (Thales)
  • PODIUM presented by Anastasiia Sobchenko (EUROCONTROL)
  • USIS (speaker to be determined)
  • TERRA presented by Victor Manuel Gordo Arias (Ineco)
  • CLASS presented by Alexandre Piot (Airbus Defence and Space)
15:45 Closure
16:00–17:00 Networking drink


Join our event - fill out the form below to register. Our event organisers will then process your registration and send an official confirm of your attendance.

Direct event shuttle - 08:00 from Brussels Central Station and 08:15 from Schuman

To facilitate your attendance at the event, we have organised a free shuttle service. It will leave from Brussels Central Station at 08:00 and from Schuman at 08:15 on the days of the event.


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