IRINA is a project that spans over three years and builds upon research projects conducted on RPAS insertion - the most recent being SESAR 2020 PJ13 ERICA. The project aims to finalise the ATM infrastructure and services as well as the Detect and Avoid capability required on RPAS. The scope covers the integration of military and civil IFR RPAS operations in Airspace Class A to C. Additionally, it seeks to address a fast-track early flight accommodation of civil and military RPAS in Airspace Class D to G which have a different traffic mix and separation responsibility. The project comprises three WP packages, with WP 2 (scoped for airspace classes A-C) and WP 3 (scoped for airspace classes D-G) being the primary ones. These packages not only focus on the full integration of RPAS into European airspace, but also on the transition between ATM and UTM (U-space in Europe) airspaces.
The project is being proposed by a consortium that is coordinated and managed by EUROCONTROL. This is all being done within the framework of the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking and Europe's Horizon 2020 programme. Those involved in this project have considerable experience in the field at hand. They will be evaluating the work that has been performed in other projects, publications and dissemination data. All of this will be used across various tasks and exercises to ensure that the RPAS community's expectations are met regarding safe RPAS operations integration in different sets of airspace classes. The deliverables will contribute to the relevant standardisation working groups by sharing the findings of the IRINA project. Additionally, they will develop acceptable means of compliance that meet regulatory requirements.