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.


Our attendants can expect a full programme for the day, structured in the following way.

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

Philippe Merlo, Director European Civil-Military Aviation (DECMA), EUROCONTROL


ConOps overview - introducing the document and the main ideas
Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL


Problem statement - two viewpoints on the need for U-space, including our assumptions
Yannick Seprey, Sopra Steria for DSNA
Enric Pastor, UPC

10:45-11:10 Coffee break

U-space services - a brief tour
Koen Williame, Unifly


Airspace structure
Anthony Rushton, NATS

12:10-13:15 Walking lunch

Society - social impact and legal aspects
Cristina Barrado, UPC


Safety - risk based approach

14:30-14:45 Contingency - planning and examples
Andreas Volkert, DLR
14:45-15:10 Accidents and incidents reporting
Andreas Volkert, DLR
15:10-15:45 Tea break
15:45-17:00 Architecture
Luigi Brucculeri, Technosky for ENAV
Ralf Heidger, DFS
17:00-17:15 Outlook - where we go next
Giancarlo Ferrara, EUROCONTROL
17:15-17:30 Closing remarks
Andrew Hately, EUROCONTROL
17:30-18:30 Networking reception

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 European Civil-Military Aviation (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 by Javier Contreras (INDRA) and Antidio Viguria (CATEC)
  • DIODE by Luigi Brucculeri, Technosky
  • DREAMS presented by Giuseppe Di Bitonto, IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A.
  • PercEvite presented by Hazem Sallouha and Franco Minucci, TU Delft
  • AIRPASS by Dr. Robert Geister, DLR
  • SECOPS presented by Rene Wiegers, NLR
11:45–12:15 Coffee break and visit of project stands

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

  • Gulf of Finland (GOF) presented by Maria Tamm, Estonian ANS
  • SAFIR by Unifly (to be determined)
  • VUTURA by Henk Hesselink, NLR
  • EURODRONE by Professor Vaios Lappas, University of Patras
  • IMPETUS by Pablo Sánchez-Escalonilla, CRIDA
  • DOMUS by Daniel García-Monteavaro Vizcaíno, ENAIRE
13:30–14:25 Walking lunch and visit of the exhibition
14:25–14:30 Group picture

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

  • DROC2OM by Troels Bundgaard Sørensen, Aalborg University
  • GEOSAFE by Arthur Moussiere, Thales AVS France
  • PODIUM by Anastasiia Sobchenko, EUROCONTROL
  • USI by Aline Labreuil, THALES AIR Sys
  • TERRA by Victor Manuel Gordo Arias, INECO
  • CLASS pby Alexandre Piot, Airbus Defence and Space
15:45 Closure
16:00–17:00 Networking drink
To facilitate your attendance at the event, we have organised a free shuttle service

Morning shuttle
08:00 from Gare Centrale
08:15 from Schuman roundabout (Brussels City Sightseeing stop)

Afternoon shuttle
18:45 to Gare Centrale
19:00 to Schuman

Morning shuttle
08:30 from Gare Centrale
08:45 from Schuman roundabout (Brussels City Sightseeing stop)

Afternoon shuttle
17:15 to Gare Centrale
17:30 to Schuman



Philippe Merlo, Director DECMA EUROCONTROL

U-space Concept of Operations - an overview


The need for U-space - Problem statement

Yannick Seprey and Sopra Steria DSNA

The need for U-space - Problem statement

Enric Pastor UPC BarcelonaTECH

U-Space services – a brief tour

Koen Williame Unifly

Airspace structure - work pack 2 on operational requirements

Anthony Rushton NATS

Legal aspects and social impact

Cristina Barrado UPC BarcelonaTECH

CORUS Safety Approach

David Martín Marrero EUROCONTROL


Andreas Volkert DLR

Accident and Incident Reporting CORUS Dissemination

DavideDel Vecchio and Andreas Volkert ENAV and DLR


Mario Boyero Pérez, Luigi Brucculeri and Ralf Heidger EUROCONTROL, ENAV and DFS

U-space services evolution and outlook

Giancarlo Ferrara EUROCONTROL

Closing remarks


Opening ceremony

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Registrations are now closed. For any questions, please reach out via the Contact us form on this page.

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