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PODIUM publishes conclusions and recommendations for U-space

Experts testing U-space services as part the PODIUM project.

Demand from stakeholders for U-space solutions that can ease the burden of obtaining flight authorisations for drone flights, and that increase situational awareness to enable safety and efficiency benefits during flight execution, are strong, concludes the EUROCONTROL-led SESAR Horizon 2020 PODIUM project.

The Proving Operations of Drones with Initial Unmanned aircraft system traffic Management project (PODIUM) brought together EUROCONTROL (project coordinator) with Airbus, Delair, Drone Paris Region, DSNA, Integra Aerial Services, Naviair, NLR, Orange and Unifly. Its work directly supports U-space, the European vision for the safe, secure and efficient handling of drone traffic, and a key enabler for a growing drone market to generate economic and societal benefits for Europe.

After performing extensive demonstrations of U-space services and technologies across five sites in Denmark, France and the Netherlands, the project published its main deliverables.

PODIUM’s two major findings are that U-space services for the pre-flight phase are practically ready for deployment, but that significant action is needed to ensure that U-space services can really take off in the flight execution phase.

Learn more about the PODIUM project