On 19 October 2019, the European Commission launched the European Network of U-space Demonstrators to support U-space projects and solutions.
The network is a forum to share knowledge on how to keep drone operations safe, secure and green. It focusses on U-space: a system that connects all drones flying in the air and that makes all drones visible for authorities and citizens.
Led by the European Commission, EUROCONTROL is part of the Network’s support cell, which bundles together the regulatory competence of EASA, the R&D management expertise of the SJU and our air traffic management expertise.
We work closely with these organisations to develop concrete material to support U-space projects and the authorities that will approve the drone operations.
The network focuses specifically on projects with a clear business case that build on mature technologies, but need some further operational and regulatory demonstrations before starting commercial operations.
The network also supports the competent authorities in processing the numerous applications expected once commercial businesses starts. The network is open to all U-space projects that help opening the European drone services market. All SESAR U-space related projects and all projects within the European Innovative Programme (EIP), Smart Cities and Communities (SCC), Urban Air Mobility (UAM) initiative are automatically part of the Network.