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More tests of drone integration into urban environment in Poland successfully conducted

More tests of drone integration into urban environment in Poland successfully conducted

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In October this year, the airport in Kąkolewo near Grodzisk Wielkopolski hosted the final drone test flights implemented as part of the second edition of the GOF 2.0 project (under the auspices of the European research and development consortium SESAR JU), in which the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency participates. The goal of the initiative is the safe and sustainable integration of unmanned aircraft operations in urban airspace.

The tests in Poland successfully demonstrated, among other things, deconfliction in time and space, which allowed several drone operators, electrically powered vertical takeoff aircraft (eVTOLs) and manned aviation pilots to carry out their missions in parallel despite crossing flight trajectories.


The two-day event at the Airport in Wielkopolska voivodship was organized by the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center supported by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency. It was attended by representatives of the consortium, of 15 entities that are part of the SESAR JU “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation” initiative. In addition to the ability to conduct deconfliction in time and space, the demonstrations allowed to identify the best methods of digital data exchange between different actors – air traffic services, UAV operators, UAV flight coordination service providers. As a result, holistic situational awareness of manned and unmanned flight operations was ensured.

– As early as in January 2023, new U-space regulations will come into force, which will set the framework for unmanned traffic in the European Common Space and its integration with manned traffic. The GOF 2.0 project provides many valuable insights into how the integration process should be implement, while maintaining the level of safety, security or ongoing operations in the airspace. For PANSA, the project has helped to gain knowledge on how to use the existing capabilities of the PansaUTM ecosystem in the design of U-space solutions – commented Tomasz Prarat, Deputy Operations Director – UAV, PANSA.

The results of the project were made available to a wider audience, including representatives of business, local governments and academia, during an open day “Integrated Urban Air Mobility Forum.” Participants could learn about the assumptions and results of the project, listen to an inspiring panel discussion with representatives of GZM, PSNC, Ehang, PANSA, Creotech, Polish Chamber of Unmanned Systems, CAFA Tech, DroneRadar and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, as well as to see the operational performance of the presented systems during organized test flights.

In 2022 the demonstrations were carried within the GOF 2.0 project in Austria, Estonia and Finland. The project has received funding from the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

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GOF 2.0 Tallinn Trial 2022 VIDEO

GOF2.0 Tallinn Trial 2022 VIDEO

On 28 September, under the initiative of the Estonian Air Navigation Services, trial flights once again took place in Viimsi as part of the GOF2.0 project with drones of different sizes and purposes in cooperation with drone developers and manufacturers CAFA Tech Estonia, Threod Systems Estonia. The flights were used to test systems and technical solutions developed for the management of unmanned air traffic in urban environments and for supporting drone flight in controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

European air traffic management research and development projects coordinator SESAR 3 JU supports the GOF 2.0 project, which aims to integrate unmanned air traffic systems into shared airspace.

The project is coordinated by the Estonian Air Navigation Services and it includes a total of 15 companies: Airbus, Aviamaps, CAFA Tech, Dimetor, Droneradar, EHang, Fintraffic ANS, Frequentis, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Robots Expert Finland, Threod Systems Estonia, Unmanned Life, Vaisala Oyj.

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28 September saw another trial to integrate drones into urban environments in Estonia. GOF 2.0 Tallinn Trial 2022 Photos.

28 September saw another trials to integrate drones into urban environments in Estonia

GOF2.0 Tallinn Trial 2022 Photos

On 28 September, under the initiative of the Estonian Air Navigation Services, trial flights once again took place in Viimsi as part of the GOF2.0 project with drones of different sizes and purposes in cooperation with drone developers and manufacturers CAFA Tech Estonia, Threod Systems Estonia. The flights were used to test systems and technical solutions developed for the management of unmanned air traffic in urban environments and for supporting drone flight in controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

Trials are carried out within the framework of the GOF 2.0 project of the SESAR 3 joint European undertaking, which aims to integrate unmanned air traffic systems. In addition to Estonia, test flights are also taking place in Austria, Finland and Poland.

The new U-space legal framework encompassing the European Union will enter into force as early as January 2023, regulating the management of unmanned air traffic and prescribing the implementation of systems for advanced unmanned aviation. In Estonia and most European countries, you currently need to apply for a permit at least three working days in advance to fly a drone in an urban environment. Unfortunately, weather conditions and business needs can change rapidly, making it inefficient to plan things several days in advance.

The new systems devised by developers as part of the GOF 2.0 project enable drone operators to use the airspace in a flexible manner, and already issued flight plans can be altered from the moment a request is made. This should significantly speed up the coordination and approval of drone flights with air traffic control units in areas where this may prove necessary.

Tanel Järvet (CAFA Tech, Estonia) and Airboss Jonas Stjernberg (Robots Expert, Finland)

According to Tanel Järvet, CEO of Estonian drone and robotics company CAFA Tech, almost all commercial flights performed by drones today are already automated. But we need common control systems to ensure the safety of everyone using the airspace.

“We have been testing different systems for unmanned aviation since 2019, and have now integrated the C2 control systems of CAFA Tech drones with the unmanned aviation system. As a result of our work, the positions of our drones can be monitored in real time by all aircrafts in a single air traffic control system,” said Tanel Järvet.

In addition to flexibility, the technical solutions developed allow unmanned aviation to be integrated with conventional aviation, and the positions of drones can also be shared in real time. This information can be used for air traffic management and coordination with manned flights. The submission, acceptance and alteration of drone flight plans and the display of airspace warnings is also automated, and information about changes in the airspace and in air traffic conditions reaches the drone pilot without any delay.

For example, this means that if a medical helicopter and a package delivery drone want to reach the same building at the same time, the new system makes it possible to automatically postpone the delivery drone’s flight by something like 20 minutes until the medical helicopter has left the area.

Maria Tamm (EANS, Estonia)

Considering the rapid advancements made in drone flight and its expansion into other areas, such flexible use of airspace is already necessary and it is high time to integrate drones with other air traffic. According to Maria Tamm, Project Manager at EANS, U-space is needed to speed up the pre-flight approvals of unmanned flights and, in particular, to support flights that operate outside of the direct line of sight and share airspace with several other users, including manned aircrafts. “With U-space, we can integrate drone flights into the single airspace in such a way that these flights will take place in a safe and secure manner while also supporting the real needs of companies and operators. To this end, manned and unmanned aviation systems need to communicate with each other and exchange information necessary for aviation activities with all parties, thus enabling flexible airspace use,” said Tamm.

European air traffic management research and development projects coordinator SESAR 3 JU supports the GOF 2.0 project, which aims to integrate unmanned air traffic systems into shared airspace.

The project is coordinated by the Estonian Air Navigation Services and it includes a total of 15 companies: Airbus, Aviamaps, CAFA Tech, Dimetor, Droneradar, EHang, Fintraffic ANS, Frequentis, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Robots Expert Finland, Threod Systems Estonia, Unmanned Life, Vaisala Oyj.

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Successful drone test flights in Austria for EU project GOF 2.0

Successful drone test flights in Austria for EU project GOF 2.0

The drone market is growing rapidly and unmanned aerial vehicles, including air taxis, are the next milestone for the development of airborne digital mobility technologies. The SESAR 3 JU project GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace VLD is developing solutions for the safe and sustainable integration of unmanned aerial vehicles and air taxi operations in urban airspace. In September, an important series of tests took place in Austria, the findings of which mark a milestone for further development.

Fifteen partners from both the scientific community and the drone and aviation industry are working together in the EU project GOF 2.0 to enable safe, orderly, and efficient control of unmanned aerial systems in a manned aviation environment. Interoperability is at the forefront, enabling secure (data) communication between airborne and ground-based systems. This creates a “system of systems” that combines classic air traffic management and new and improved drone-specific services. The international consortium consists of: Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS), Dimetor, Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH, Aviamaps, CAFA Tech, DroneRadar, EHang, Fintraffic ANS, Frequentis, PCSS Poznańskie Centrum Superkomputerowo-Sieciowe, Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Robots.Expert, Threod Systems, Unmanned Life, Vaisala.

The basis for an economical and scalable use of this new type of airborne mobility technology is the further integration of airport and port infrastructure, public transport, and logistics centers. In all use cases, the focus is on increasing efficiency compared to ground-based technologies and supporting a seamless transport chain between urban areas and the airports while taking into account the highest safety requirements.

The integrations between partner systems developed as part of the project will be validated in various European countries together with the air traffic control authorities since April 2022. St. Georgen am Ybbsfeld Airport – not far from Amstetten / Lower Austria – was chosen for the Austrian validation. In this trial, among other things, automated parcel delivery at low-altitude and its safe interaction with air taxi flights and conventional air traffic were extensively tested as an example of a realistic use case.

The GOF 2.0 partners after the successful test fligts:
Günter Graf, Frequentis, VP New Business Development and Innnovation

Michael Holzbauer, Frequentis, Manager European Affairs and ATM Programs

Maria Tamm, GOF 2.0 Project Coordination

Ingrid Kernstock, BMK

Obst Klaus Strutzmann, BMLV

Jonas Stjernberg, GOF 2.0 Demonstration Lead

Copyright: Markus Haslinger

“It is of utmost importance that we can integrate drone traffic control systems directly into our air traffic management systems and ensure a safe and smooth operation,” explains Günter Graf, Vice President New Business Development and Innovation at Frequentis, the Austrian GOF 2.0 partner and host of this validation. “Many thanks to our partners for the good cooperation and their attendance with us in Austria. The team is working excellently, and the results are promising.”

The results of the GOF2.0 demonstrations underline the technical possibilities as well as the future challenges to integrate simultaneous unmanned flights into urban airspace shared with manned aviation based on the European Commission’s initiative to integrate drones into the European airspace.

“GOF2 demonstrations highlight the importance of integrating Uspace information directly into drone operator mission control systems“, says Jonas Stjernberg, SVP and Partner at Robots.Expert, and continues, “the biggest challenge for the industry and regulators is to ensure that Uspace systems are interoperable on a European level.

This project has received funding from the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

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GOF2.0 project outcome conference with flight demonstrations

Integrated Urban Air Mobility Forum

GOF2.0 project outcome conference with flight demonstrations

GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace VLD consortium would like to invite you to join us in Poland for the presentation of project outcomes. We will present the findings and results of the Urban Air Mobility use case demonstrations that were carried out during 2021 and 2022 in Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Poland, and Sweden. We share the lessons learned from project trials on the safe, secure, and sustainable integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into urban airspace.

Unmanned and human-carrying air taxi operations are taking the steps from restricted, local flights to fly beyond visual line of sight to meet the future mobility needs and fight the climate change by substantially reducing carbon emissions from commercial, industrial, and urban transportation. For Urban Air Mobility to become a sustainable transportation system it must be integrated with other transportation infrastructure, such as airports, harbours, train/bus terminals, as well as logistics centres. The ability of drone logistics and air-taxis to form a seamless transportation chain in and out of airports without affecting other commercial air traffic is therefore of utmost importance.

Join us in Kąkolewo, Poland for first-hand experience how the European SESAR Wave 2 project GOF 2.0 enables and tests the operational validity of serving unmanned aerial systems and manned operations safely, securely, and sustainably in a unified, dense urban airspace using existing air traffic management and U-space services and systems!

Contact: Piotr Szymaniak, Coordinator of PSNC Aerospace Lab
e-mail: piotr.szymaniak@man.poznan.pl

Agenda:

10:00Welcome (PSNC + SESAR)
10:15Overview of the GOF2.0 project (Maria Tamm, EANS, GOF 2.0 project coordinator)
10:30GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace VLD trials and operational concepts (Jonas Stjernberg, Robots Expert, Demonstration Lead)
11:00GOF2.0 project technical solution and lessons learned from the technical integration (Thomas Lutz, Frequentis, Technical Lead)
11:20 – Integrated Urban Air Mobility – panel discussion with Q&A
12:30 Lunch
13:15Overview of the Demonstration exercise (PSNC, Trial Lead)
13:30 Live trial (PSNC, Trial Lead)
15:00 Closing remarks

Book your place to attend the open day demonstrations and dissemination event here:

Book your spot and see you soon in Kąkolewo (EPPG), Poland!

GOF 2.0 is managed by the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking in an effort to deliver solutions for U-space, the European Commission’s initiative on the safe and secure integration of drones in European airspace.

This project has received funding from the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking is an institutionalised European partnership between private and public sector partners set up to accelerate through research and innovation the delivery of the Digital European Sky. To do so, it is harnessing, developing and accelerating the take-up of the most cutting-edge technological solutions to manage conventional aircraft, drones, air taxis and vehicles flying at higher altitudes. The SESAR 3 JU partnership brings together the EU, Eurocontrol, and more than 50 organisations covering the entire aviation value chain, from airports, airspace users of all categories, air navigation service providers, drone operators and service providers, the manufacturing industry and scientific community. The partnership also works closely with the regulatory and standardisation bodies, notably EASA and Eurocae, as well as key stakeholders, such professional staff organisations, the space and military communities and global partners. 

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SESAR 3 JU Urban Air Mobility and U-space very large demonstration research project GOF 2.0 next wave of drone test flights will kick off on 14th of June 2022 in Helsinki.

SESAR 3 JU Urban Air Mobility and U-space very large demonstration research project
GOF 2.0 next wave of drone test flights will kick off on
14th of June 2022 in Helsinki

Belgium / Estonia, 14th June 2022

After one year of intense preparation work and live trials in 2021, the next wave of live demonstrations of GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace VLD will start in Helsinki, Finland, on 14 of June, continue in Austria, Estonia and ending in October 2022 in Poland.

During the trials, GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace VLD will use the expertise of 15 scientific and commercial partners from the drone and aviation industry to demonstrate the operational validity of serving unmanned aerial systems and manned operations safely, securely, and sustainably in a unified, dense urban airspace using existing air traffic management and U-space services and systems.

“Unmanned operations and drones have already had a big impact in several fields and they will help us both to meet the future mobility needs and fight the climate change by substantially reducing carbon emissions from commercial, industrial, and urban transportation. Implementing U-space will support achieving this and GOF2.0 is showing the way,” said Maria Tamm.

For Urban Air Mobility to become a sustainable transportation system it must be integrated with other transportation infrastructure, such as airports, harbors, train/bus terminals, as well as logistics centers. The ability of logistics drones to form a seamless transportation chain in and out of airports is therefore of utmost importance.

The first trials of GOF 2.0 second wave will take place in Finland, Helsinki on 14th of June followed by cross-border operations in U-space with manned and un-manned aircraft on 15th June. The cross-border test flights will take off from Helsinki, Finland and end in Tallinn, Estonia.


“The first wave of GOF 2.0 trials validated the functionality of the interconnectivity of all linked systems as-is and enabled collection of initial performance and operational data for various scenarios. In the second wave, the full functionality of the GOF 2.0 solution, including dynamic tactical U-space services and elements of surprise to the aircraft operators will be tested,” explained Jonas Stjernberg, SVP and Partner at Robots.Expert. “As a result, we will stress-test the resilience and performance of the actors and systems to operate in an integrated, digital airspace. In addition, we will demonstrate how precision weather and ground-to-air connectivity can enable more complex operations in U-space.”

According to Maria Tamm, GOF2.0 project coordinator from Estonian Air Navigation Services, the cross-border trial (Helsinki-Tallinn) will investigate how operation plans for transnational flights, that are submitted by both manned and unmanned aircraft operators, are approved or rejected separately for the segments in each country. “Next to that we need to get the know-how and information on how surveillance information is shared to ensure situation awareness for the systems and safety coordinators throughout all flights and how aircraft operators are served pre-, in- and post-flight by the demonstrated U-space services,” explained Maria Tamm.

The key lessons of GOF 2.0 project will be an important enabler for the further development of the drone market and will deliver the technical components (services, software, competencies, practices) required to cost-efficiently operate autonomous and semi-autonomous drones beyond visual line of sight in integrated, airspace.

 

GOF 2.0 is managed by the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking in an effort to deliver solutions for U-space, the European Commission’s initiative on the safe and secure integration of drones in European airspace.

This project has received funding from the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking is an institutionalised European partnership between private and public sector partners set up to accelerate through research and innovation the delivery of the Digital European Sky. To do so, it is harnessing, developing and accelerating the take-up of the most cutting-edge technological solutions to manage conventional aircraft, drones, air taxis and vehicles flying at higher altitudes. The SESAR 3 JU partnership brings together the EU, Eurocontrol, and more than 50 organisations covering the entire aviation value chain, from airports, airspace users of all categories, air navigation service providers, drone operators and service providers, the manufacturing industry and scientific community. The partnership also works closely with the regulatory and standardisation bodies, notably EASA and Eurocae, as well as key stakeholders, such professional staff organisations, the space and military communities and global partners. 

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS, Lennuliiklusteeninduse Aktsiaselts) is a next generation air navigation services provider, headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. We provide safe and efficient air navigation services together with air traffic management consultation and training services. We are well integrated into international air navigation services community and shaping the future of air traffic management within European Union. Coming from one of the worlds most advanced digital societies, gives us the strength, knowledge, and expertise to make the digital transformations in air navigation industry real. Together with our 200 employees we are designing innovative and sustainable integrated airspace, via dynamic cross-border FINEST collaboration with our neighbours in Finland. We are one of the drivers of the safe airspace integration of unmanned aerial vehicles within the Single European Sky Initiative Gulf of Finland (GOF) 2.0 and developing unified air traffic management in Estonia. Our remote tower technology is one of a kind and enables us to control air traffic at several aerodromes simultaneously from one working position, ensuring high quality and safe services even in poor weather visibility conditions. EANS is a state-owned public limited company under the jurisdiction Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Republic of Estonia.

Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH was founded in May 2018 in order to take our exploration into cutting-edge commercial urban air mobility solutions and services to the next level. We are exploring how recent technology advancements provide mobility solutions and services – from battery capacity and autonomy to electric propulsion – that can help drive the development of new kinds of aerial vehicles (eVTOLs). Airbus Urban Mobility focuses on better connecting people by bringing the safety, convenience and joy of flight to city inhabitants. To make this a reality, we’re architecting all pieces of the urban air mobility domain. Our approach includes building and bringing together all the relevant components—technology, business models, city integration, infrastructure development, and airspace management – to take urban transport into the sky. In doing so, we can ensure maximum societal benefits for urban communities worldwide.

Aviamaps Ltd is modernizing manned and unmanned aviation with a unique real-time aviation map platform and easy-to-use flight planning and airspace management tools. Aviamaps combines static airspace data with live supplements, NOTAMs and AUP/UUP data. Platform also visualizes drone geozones, weather, aircraft traffic and more. Flight announcements make it possible to communicate with other pilots and making aviation safer. Aviamaps is targeting to be the “google maps” of aviation.

CAFA Tech (Estonia) is providing:
1. Automated drone systems with cellular (4G/5G) communication
2. Autonomous and tele-operated mobile robots for ground maintenance, surveillance and logistics
3. Computer Vision Systems for analysing drones´ /robots´ sensors and cameras data feeds in near real time. CAFA Tech is participating in EU project 5!G Drones (2019-2022) where CAFA is leading the Trials task force. In 5G!Drones project CAFA Tech is developing automated UAV system with 5G communication module for delivering parcels, IoT sensors etc.
The CAFA 3D map supports BVLOS drone operations planning with the mobile network coverage data. From 2021 CAFA Tech is participating in the EVOLVED 5G project, to develop and test robots and 5G MEC based applications for Factory 4.0 solutions.

Dimetor is a software company bridging the data gap between communications service providers (CSPs) and the aviation eco-systems. Through its world-leading platform AirborneRF, they help provide supplementary data that is critical for safe BVLOS drone operations. AirborneRF focuses on (a) the 3D corridors in space that have sufficiently good connectivity for drone operations (e.g. for networked remote ID, command and control, payload communication), and (b) the population density for ground risk assessment, based on anonymized cellular mobility data. Developed by experts in mobile communication networks, aviation and drone technology, AirborneRF also provides live notifications from the CSP networks in case of any issue during flight operation may occur. Dimetor’s software has been deployed worldwide, including Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, the United States. Visit www.dimetor.com and www.airborneRF.com for more information.

Droneradar Sp. z o.o. is a technology provider for PansaUTM. Droneradar developed mobile application, supporting building full aeronautical awareness across Drone community, two-way non-verbal communication (CDDLC – Controller Drone Data Link Communication) and also unique algorithm for judging possibility of the flight. Droneradar is daughter company of dlapilota.pl Sp. z o.o. Polish General Aviation portal and aeronautical data publisher, established in 2002. Currently, Dronereadar activities are focused on autonomous flights, automation of processes between UTM and ATM world, CIS interfaces standardization. Droneradar is active on European and National legislation level supporting many standardization organizations.

EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities.

Fintraffic ANS is responsible for managing the use of Finnish airspace as well as providing air traffic control services at airports in Finland. En-route services include area control services in Finland, airspace management, aeronautical search and rescue and air traffic flow management. Our technological air navigation services maintain and develops all navigation, communication, surveillance and monitoring systems related to en-route services, such as the air traffic control and radar systems required for flight surveillance. Our customers include airports, the commercial aviation industry, the Finnish state’s aviation operations and military aviation, general aviation and pilot training schools.

Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. Such ‘control centre solutions’ are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and Public Safety & Transport (police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries and local representatives in more than 50 countries.
Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 35,000 operator working positions and in approximately 140 countries. Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group’s AIM (aeronautical information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R systems for Public Transport are industry leading global solutions.
The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT (ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2019, the Frequentis Group had about 1,850 employees worldwide and generated revenues of EUR 303.6 million and EBIT of EUR 17.2 million.

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences is an internationally known node of the European Research Area in the field of IT infrastructure of science and an important R&D center in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). As a development centre of e-Infrastructure, PSNC designed and built the Metropolitan Network POZMAN, High Performance Computing Center and the national broadband network PIONIER, maintained and still developed by PSNC.

PSNC is an important element of global research and development base, implementing projects mainly under the European Union Framework Programmes, but also supporting R&D initiatives with more than a thousand partners from around the world. PSNC has participated and participates in 215 such projects, coordinating 20 of them. For over a quarter century of its activity 282 research and structural projects have already been implemented in the Centre (coordinating as many as 38 of them), which is one-seventh of all PSNC projects.

PSNC has been operating with a mission: “Integration and development of information infrastructure for science”. The potential of the infrastructure and the several dedicated laboratories, including a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, are the basis of innovative applications in agriculture, logistics or education. The possibilities are being expanded with the new experimental and laboratory space at the airport in Kąkolewo with dedicated data collection and processing services and a connection to the PIONIER network infrastructure.

Every day Polish Air Navigation Services Agency ensures safety of passengers in more than 3,000 flights over Poland. We have one of the biggest airspace in Europe: over 334,000 km2. Before coronavirus pandemic almost a million overflights, approaches, take-offs and landings in 2019 were supervised by almost 600 air traffic controllers employed in Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, as well as around 260,000 General Aviation flights under watch of the Flight Information Service (FIS). Polish Air Navigation Services Agency is also the only institution in Poland training and employing civil air traffic controllers (ATCOs). We also provide Flight Inspection Services for monitoring the proper operation of ground-based navigation aids from the air. Our air traffic controllers are supported by advanced technology. Over 200 devices located throughout Poland guaranteeing safety of air traffic within the Polish airspace: air-ground communication systems, RNAV systems, ILS – DME systems supporting smooth and precise landing in low visibility, radars. PANSA also builds and develops tools for efficient management and planning of airspace: CAT (Common Airspace Tool) – that ensures accurate and efficient management of the airspace, PANDORA – that supports controllers and other operations personnel with the wide spectrum of a real time aviation data, raising their situational awareness, PANSA UTM – system for UAV flight coordination, TRAFFIC – Track Advisor for Flight Information Concerns, which provides the ATM system information from flight plans, as amended and complementary messages.

Robots.Expert (REX) is a consultancy focused on unmanned aviation. REX help companies adopt new drone technology in their business, often through live demonstrations to jump-start understanding of the potential. Robots.expert main focus in the Nordic and Baltic countries is to advance a strong network with drone stakeholders in Europe. REX’ personnel have a strong background in UAS, technology and strategy, as well as in project management to support the tasks of facilitating demonstrations and to manage large projects or consortia. Robots.expert is the ambassador in Finland for EIP-SCC Urban Air Mobility.

 

Threod Systems (Estonia) specializes in developing, producing, and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that are designed for information collection and exploitation in wide range of applications. Threod supports the decision-making process on every level of command. Threod Systems is known for rapid product development and tailor made UAS solutions for small multirotors, fixed-wing UAV platforms, and in-house developed subsystems. Threod System designs, develops, manufactures and operates Unmanned Aircraft Systems and subsystems for information collection, surveillance and other tasks related to unmanned sensing including VLOS and BVLOS operations.

Unmanned Life is a multi-award-winning British Company founded in London enabling the seamless orchestration of autonomous robotics. The platform acts like one central intelligent brain that powers different robotics use cases in Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities.
Unmanned Life´s technology allows large organisations to integrate and orchestrate seamlessly different type of intelligent robots with their systems. Thanks to a strong partnership with leading telecom operators, the Company is able to address a large pool of enterprise customers looking for such solutions from their telecom partners. This has made Unmanned Life a strong brand in the emerging 5G, Robotics and Autonomy technology scene.
The Company is changing the way autonomous robotics is used by industry by developing the first Autonomy-as-a-Service software platform powered by Artificial Intelligence and 5G. Unmanned Life is working with leading global Companies such as TELUS, Telefonica, Volskwagen Group, BT, Etisalat, Deutsche Telekom.
Unmanned Life is also part of leading R&D programmes on 5G, Robotics and AI at both the UK and European level, working in multi-million dollar industrial projects with companies such as Port of Bristol, Cellnex, Siemens, Airbus, Nokia, Orange and Thales.

Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements. Building on over 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world, with space-proof technology even exploring Mars and beyond. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,900 professionals worldwide and is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

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NEWS RELEASE: SESAR 3 JU urban air mobility research project GOF 2.0 virtual roadshows kicked off in April

NEWS RELEASE:
SESAR 3 JU urban air mobility research project GOF 2.0 virtual roadshows kicked off in April

Belgium / Estonia, 31 May 2022

After one year of intense preparation work and live trials in 2021, the first virtual roadshows with external partners from Sweden, Denmark took place on April 8 and Latvia took place in April 26. The roadshow trials focusedon demonstrating the scalability of the GOF2.0 architecture, by operating a subset of the planned scenarios in three countries of selected advisory board members. 

During the virtual trials team of experts tested how unmanned and manned aircraft can operate in unified airspace with the support of unmanned traffic management solutions and how cellular networks can support the safe inclusion of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into common air traffic by enabling UAV-to-UAV and UAV-to-ground communication.
“The goal was to demonstrate and understand how easily Communications Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) and Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) data and systems, as well as local unmanned and manned aircraft operators can be integrated into the GOF2.0 solution. This was to showcase the international scalability of the U-space architecture,” explained Maria Tamm, GOF2.0 project coordinator at EANS.

Video: GOF 2.0 Roadshow in Riga | LMT Innovations

According to Gints Jakovels, LMT innovation Lead from the Latvian trial mobile networks and 5G will play a critical role in the successful incorporation of UAVs in common airspace. “At the GOF2.0 Roadshow in Riga, LMT main goal was to demonstrate how mobile networks can support the safe inclusion of UAVs into the common air traffic by enabling UAV-to-UAV and UAV-to-ground communication. This is crucial for flight risk assessment and hence successful deployment of drone technologies,” said Jakovels. “Demonstration showed that we can achieve it using existing aviation systems in combination and with integration of new technological solutions as UTM, cellular network and network remote ID.”
The key lessons from both virtual trials, conducted in Latvia and Sweden-Denmark proved that in order enable safe UAV flights, especially in controlled airspace requires both user awareness in airspace and will for change, acceptance, and involvement from crewed aviation. From the outcome of trials, it is inevitable that there must be common information flow, including cellular network prediction and availability to ensure safe communication channel between all stakeholders.

According to Steen Myhre Taschner Erichsen, Naviair Head of UTM Development & Strategy the need is to bring all involved parties together to test and validate until there is common understanding how to enable safe integration of drones into airspace.
“We already know that drones and U-space introduces new technologies that require higher level automatization. From these trials we got the real-life experience – how the systems work today, what kind of improvement they need to handle future drone traffic in controlled and uncontrolled airspace. Next to that there is a need for procedures, harmonization and responsibility agreements regarding border crossing, handover of control, needed information in the Drone flight plan, and potentially CTOT/ACDM like procedures,” explained Taschner Erichsen.
The key lessons from roadshow trials will be an important enabler for the further development of the drone market and will deliver the technical components (services, software, competencies, practices) required to cost-efficiently operate autonomous and semi-autonomous drones beyond visual line of sight in shared airspace.

GOF 2.0 is managed by the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking in an effort to deliver solutions for U-space, the European Commission’s initiative on the safe and secure integration of drones in European airspace.

This project has received funding from the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking is an institutionalised European partnership between private and public sector partners set up to accelerate through research and innovation the delivery of the Digital European Sky. To do so, it is harnessing, developing and accelerating the take-up of the most cutting-edge technological solutions to manage conventional aircraft, drones, air taxis and vehicles flying at higher altitudes. The SESAR 3 JU partnership brings together the EU, Eurocontrol, and more than 50 organisations covering the entire aviation value chain, from airports, airspace users of all categories, air navigation service providers, drone operators and service providers, the manufacturing industry and scientific community. The partnership also works closely with the regulatory and standardisation bodies, notably EASA and Eurocae, as well as key stakeholders, such professional staff organisations, the space and military communities and global partners.

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS, Lennuliiklusteeninduse Aktsiaselts) is a next generation air navigation services provider, headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. We provide safe and efficient air navigation services together with air traffic management consultation and training services. We are well integrated into international air navigation services community and shaping the future of air traffic management within European Union. Coming from one of the worlds most advanced digital societies, gives us the strength, knowledge, and expertise to make the digital transformations in air navigation industry real. Together with our 200 employees we are designing innovative and sustainable integrated airspace, via dynamic cross-border FINEST collaboration with our neighbours in Finland. We are one of the drivers of the safe airspace integration of unmanned aerial vehicles within the Single European Sky Initiative Gulf of Finland (GOF) 2.0 and developing unified air traffic management in Estonia. Our remote tower technology is one of a kind and enables us to control air traffic at several aerodromes simultaneously from one working position, ensuring high quality and safe services even in poor weather visibility conditions. EANS is a state-owned public limited company under the jurisdiction Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Republic of Estonia.

Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH was founded in May 2018 in order to take our exploration into cutting-edge commercial urban air mobility solutions and services to the next level. We are exploring how recent technology advancements provide mobility solutions and services – from battery capacity and autonomy to electric propulsion – that can help drive the development of new kinds of aerial vehicles (eVTOLs). Airbus Urban Mobility focuses on better connecting people by bringing the safety, convenience and joy of flight to city inhabitants. To make this a reality, we’re architecting all pieces of the urban air mobility domain. Our approach includes building and bringing together all the relevant components—technology, business models, city integration, infrastructure development, and airspace management – to take urban transport into the sky. In doing so, we can ensure maximum societal benefits for urban communities worldwide.

Aviamaps Ltd is modernizing manned and unmanned aviation with a unique real-time aviation map platform and easy-to-use flight planning and airspace management tools. Aviamaps combines static airspace data with live supplements, NOTAMs and AUP/UUP data. Platform also visualizes drone geozones, weather, aircraft traffic and more. Flight announcements make it possible to communicate with other pilots and making aviation safer. Aviamaps is targeting to be the “google maps” of aviation.

CAFA Tech (Estonia) is providing:
1. Automated drone systems with cellular (4G/5G) communication
2. Autonomous and tele-operated mobile robots for ground maintenance, surveillance and logistics
3. Computer Vision Systems for analysing drones´ /robots´ sensors and cameras data feeds in near real time. CAFA Tech is participating in EU project 5!G Drones (2019-2022) where CAFA is leading the Trials task force. In 5G!Drones project CAFA Tech is developing automated UAV system with 5G communication module for delivering parcels, IoT sensors etc.
The CAFA 3D map supports BVLOS drone operations planning with the mobile network coverage data. From 2021 CAFA Tech is participating in the EVOLVED 5G project, to develop and test robots and 5G MEC based applications for Factory 4.0 solutions.

Dimetor is a software company bridging the data gap between communications service providers (CSPs) and the aviation eco-systems. Through its world-leading platform AirborneRF, they help provide supplementary data that is critical for safe BVLOS drone operations. AirborneRF focuses on (a) the 3D corridors in space that have sufficiently good connectivity for drone operations (e.g. for networked remote ID, command and control, payload communication), and (b) the population density for ground risk assessment, based on anonymized cellular mobility data. Developed by experts in mobile communication networks, aviation and drone technology, AirborneRF also provides live notifications from the CSP networks in case of any issue during flight operation may occur. Dimetor’s software has been deployed worldwide, including Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, the United States. Visit www.dimetor.com and www.airborneRF.com for more information.

Droneradar Sp. z o.o. is a technology provider for PansaUTM. Droneradar developed mobile application, supporting building full aeronautical awareness across Drone community, two-way non-verbal communication (CDDLC – Controller Drone Data Link Communication) and also unique algorithm for judging possibility of the flight. Droneradar is daughter company of dlapilota.pl Sp. z o.o. Polish General Aviation portal and aeronautical data publisher, established in 2002. Currently, Dronereadar activities are focused on autonomous flights, automation of processes between UTM and ATM world, CIS interfaces standardization. Droneradar is active on European and National legislation level supporting many standardization organizations.

EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities.

Fintraffic ANS is responsible for managing the use of Finnish airspace as well as providing air traffic control services at airports in Finland. En-route services include area control services in Finland, airspace management, aeronautical search and rescue and air traffic flow management. Our technological air navigation services maintain and develops all navigation, communication, surveillance and monitoring systems related to en-route services, such as the air traffic control and radar systems required for flight surveillance. Our customers include airports, the commercial aviation industry, the Finnish state’s aviation operations and military aviation, general aviation and pilot training schools.

Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. Such ‘control centre solutions’ are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and Public Safety & Transport (police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries and local representatives in more than 50 countries.
Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 35,000 operator working positions and in approximately 140 countries. Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group’s AIM (aeronautical information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R systems for Public Transport are industry leading global solutions.
The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT (ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2019, the Frequentis Group had about 1,850 employees worldwide and generated revenues of EUR 303.6 million and EBIT of EUR 17.2 million.

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences is an internationally known node of the European Research Area in the field of IT infrastructure of science and an important R&D center in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). As a development centre of e-Infrastructure, PSNC designed and built the Metropolitan Network POZMAN, High Performance Computing Center and the national broadband network PIONIER, maintained and still developed by PSNC.

PSNC is an important element of global research and development base, implementing projects mainly under the European Union Framework Programmes, but also supporting R&D initiatives with more than a thousand partners from around the world. PSNC has participated and participates in 215 such projects, coordinating 20 of them. For over a quarter century of its activity 282 research and structural projects have already been implemented in the Centre (coordinating as many as 38 of them), which is one-seventh of all PSNC projects.

PSNC has been operating with a mission: “Integration and development of information infrastructure for science”. The potential of the infrastructure and the several dedicated laboratories, including a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, are the basis of innovative applications in agriculture, logistics or education. The possibilities are being expanded with the new experimental and laboratory space at the airport in Kąkolewo with dedicated data collection and processing services and a connection to the PIONIER network infrastructure.

Every day Polish Air Navigation Services Agency ensures safety of passengers in more than 3,000 flights over Poland. We have one of the biggest airspace in Europe: over 334,000 km2. Before coronavirus pandemic almost a million overflights, approaches, take-offs and landings in 2019 were supervised by almost 600 air traffic controllers employed in Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, as well as around 260,000 General Aviation flights under watch of the Flight Information Service (FIS). Polish Air Navigation Services Agency is also the only institution in Poland training and employing civil air traffic controllers (ATCOs). We also provide Flight Inspection Services for monitoring the proper operation of ground-based navigation aids from the air. Our air traffic controllers are supported by advanced technology. Over 200 devices located throughout Poland guaranteeing safety of air traffic within the Polish airspace: air-ground communication systems, RNAV systems, ILS – DME systems supporting smooth and precise landing in low visibility, radars. PANSA also builds and develops tools for efficient management and planning of airspace: CAT (Common Airspace Tool) – that ensures accurate and efficient management of the airspace, PANDORA – that supports controllers and other operations personnel with the wide spectrum of a real time aviation data, raising their situational awareness, PANSA UTM – system for UAV flight coordination, TRAFFIC – Track Advisor for Flight Information Concerns, which provides the ATM system information from flight plans, as amended and complementary messages.

Robots.Expert (REX) is a consultancy focused on unmanned aviation. REX help companies adopt new drone technology in their business, often through live demonstrations to jump-start understanding of the potential. Robots.expert main focus in the Nordic and Baltic countries is to advance a strong network with drone stakeholders in Europe. REX’ personnel have a strong background in UAS, technology and strategy, as well as in project management to support the tasks of facilitating demonstrations and to manage large projects or consortia. Robots.expert is the ambassador in Finland for EIP-SCC Urban Air Mobility.

 

Threod Systems (Estonia) specializes in developing, producing, and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that are designed for information collection and exploitation in wide range of applications. Threod supports the decision-making process on every level of command. Threod Systems is known for rapid product development and tailor made UAS solutions for small multirotors, fixed-wing UAV platforms, and in-house developed subsystems. Threod System designs, develops, manufactures and operates Unmanned Aircraft Systems and subsystems for information collection, surveillance and other tasks related to unmanned sensing including VLOS and BVLOS operations.

Unmanned Life is a multi-award-winning British Company founded in London enabling the seamless orchestration of autonomous robotics. The platform acts like one central intelligent brain that powers different robotics use cases in Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities.
Unmanned Life´s technology allows large organisations to integrate and orchestrate seamlessly different type of intelligent robots with their systems. Thanks to a strong partnership with leading telecom operators, the Company is able to address a large pool of enterprise customers looking for such solutions from their telecom partners. This has made Unmanned Life a strong brand in the emerging 5G, Robotics and Autonomy technology scene.
The Company is changing the way autonomous robotics is used by industry by developing the first Autonomy-as-a-Service software platform powered by Artificial Intelligence and 5G. Unmanned Life is working with leading global Companies such as TELUS, Telefonica, Volskwagen Group, BT, Etisalat, Deutsche Telekom.
Unmanned Life is also part of leading R&D programmes on 5G, Robotics and AI at both the UK and European level, working in multi-million dollar industrial projects with companies such as Port of Bristol, Cellnex, Siemens, Airbus, Nokia, Orange and Thales.

Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements. Building on over 80 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world, with space-proof technology even exploring Mars and beyond. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,900 professionals worldwide and is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

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External Partners

LFV provides air traffic management and air navigation services at several locations in Sweden and internationally. We are involved in developing the European airspace through cooperation in organizations and alliances. LFV develops new services and operational concepts to meet increased demands for safety, capacity and availability.

LMT is a mobile innovator, an IT company, and AI & EDGE solution developer from Latvia. It offers a full spectrum of telecommunication, integration, and IT services. LMT is 5G-ready and actively working on developing technologies that could be advanced by 5G such as drones, smart city and mobility solutions, public safety and defence technologies, and more. Continuous R&D and cross-sectoral collaboration has provided LMT with the experience and exposure necessary to develop the technologies of the future

Naviair is a state-owned infrastructure company with status as a company owned by the Danish state represented by the Ministry of Transport. Naviair has been designated by the Danish Civil Aviation and Railway Authority to provide air navigation services. Naviair’s mission is to facilitate availability and mobility in airspace to support growth and safety in Denmark

For any individual media enquiries, please contact:

Hedwig Meidra, Communication Manager, EANS
Hedwig.Meidra@eans.ee, phone: +372 5059 104

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GOF 2.0 trials in wave 2 are coming soon!

GOF 2.0 trials in wave 2 are coming soon!

Find out what the GOF 2.0 project is about and have a look how some trials in wave 1 turned out by watching this new video!

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What is an Airboss?

What is an Airboss?

Have you ever wondered what the role of an airboss is and what responsibilities he or she has during (drone) test flights? We summarised the answers in this blog entry for you.

During trials, the Airboss coordinates the safe planning and execution of all flights in a complex environment, including possible coordination with Air Traffic Control (ATC). Scenarios are meant to be challenging enough that unprecedented learnings can be taken away from each trial. Execution is making sure that each event happens smoothly, without putting anyone or anything at an unforeseen risk.

“What makes our role so interesting is that we are working with all the project partners to make sure that risks are anticipated and mitigated to the most possible extent and that the systems support the decision making and anticipation of risks to avoid catastrophes”, says Jonas Stjernberg, Senior Vice President at Robots Expert (REX), acting as Chief Airboss in the GOF 2.0 trials.

Airboss

Once on site, the Airboss has a transverse systemic view on everything that happens. The experience often allows them to spot deviations before they occur. Asking the right questions sometimes brings lights to a situation. Very large demonstrations of the scale of SESAR JU GOF 2.0 sometimes require several Airbosses to have eyes on site in different places, sometimes concurrently in different countries and with separate communication channels to maintain safety and drive performance.

Prior to the trials, objectives and success criteria are defined and complex scenarios are drawn involving all partners. For each trial, safety is at the top of the agenda. The briefing conducted by REX in partnership with the trial leaders systematically include the latest weather information, flight conditions, limitations and, of course, rehearsal of the emergency response plan.

“The GOF 2.0 trials have been designed with what we referred to internally as an “onion” concept. In practice, this means that each partner knows what needs to be demonstrated, what situations they may encounter, but does not know what the other partners know or plan to do. In essence, it is less impressing than the drone swarm light shows with hundreds of drones, that we have coordinated in the past, but a lot more complex because it is closer to reality and in a mixed environment with manned aircraft and sometimes at active aerodromes. A real emergency authority or Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) flight or a flock of bird can also happen at anytime and disrupt the trial”, says Stjernberg.

The next trials in the GOF 2.0 project are planned to happen in May and June 2022 – so stay tuned for further updates.

The next trials in the GOF 2.0 project are planned to happen in May and June 2022 – so stay tuned for further updates. Robots Expert (REX) is one of 15 consortium partners in the SESAR JU GOF 2.0 project and its a team consists of highly experienced professionals, pilots, technology experts, sustainability leaders, and public life influencers. REX commonly engages with cities, public and private entities to shape a future where developments mean real progress and benefit both society and business. More information can be found here: https://www.robots.expert/
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First drone test flights for GOF 2.0 to take off in September 2021

Press Release:
First drone test flights for GOF 2.0 to take off in September 2021

The drone market is growing rapidly and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including air taxis, are the next step in future urban air mobility. The SESAR JU project Gulf of Finland 2.0 (GOF 2.0) focuses on the safe, secure, and sustainable integration of unmanned aerial vehicle and air taxi operations in urban airspace. After eight months of intense preparation work, the first wave of trials will start in Tartu, Estonia, on 2 September 2021 and continue in Finland, Poland, and Austria.

During the trials, GOF 2.0 will use the expertise of 15 scientific and commercial partners from the drone and aviation industry to demonstrate the operational validity of serving unmanned aerial systems and manned operations safely, securely, and sustainably in a unified, dense urban airspace using existing air traffic management and U-space services and systems.

For Urban Air Mobility to become a transportation system it must be integrated with other transportation infrastructure, such as airports, harbours, train/bus terminals, as well as logistics centres. The ability of logistics drones to form a seamless transportation chain in and out of airports is therefore of utmost importance.

The first wave of trials will focus on testing and demonstrating automated parcel delivery drones operating at low level, unexpected Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) flights, drone surveillance flights in urban area, entry and exit of various scale drones in defined airspaces, cross-border operations in U-space corridors with mixed electrical vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), and drone traffic without degrading safety and following air traffic rules.  

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“The GOF2.0 project will demonstrate the operational validity of combining ATM/U-space services and systems and creating a shared interoperable infrastructure for both manned and unmanned aviation, especially in dense urban environments. The provision of timely, relevant and accurate digital information to all airspace users on a system-wide basis will enable safe and secure management of unified airspace without segregation”, explains Maria Tamm, Project Manager at EANS. “The outcomes from the GOF2.0 demonstrations will provide a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the current possibilities and challenges when implementing U-space, advancing urban air mobility and moving towards smart and sustainable aviation.”

The key lessons will be an important enabler for the further development of the drone market and will deliver the technical components (services, software, competencies, practices) required to cost-efficiently operate autonomous and semi-autonomous drones beyond visual line of sight in shared airspace.

GOF 2.0 is managed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking in an effort to deliver solutions for U-space, the European Commission’s initiative on the safe and secure integration of drones in European airspace.

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017689.

GOF2.0 Tallinn Trial 2021 Gallery

About SESAR

As the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR aims to modernise and harmonise air traffic management in Europe. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership to support this endeavour. It does so by pooling the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate innovative technological and operational solutions. The SESAR JU is also responsible for the execution of the European ATM Master Plan which defines the EU priorities for R&D and implementation. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU has 19 members, who together with their partners and affiliate associations will represent over 100 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SESAR JU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators and the scientific community.


About EANS (Estonian Air Navigation Services)

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS, Lennuliiklusteeninduse Aktsiaselts) is a next generation air navigation services provider, headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. We provide safe and efficient air navigation services together with air traffic management consultation and training services. We are well integrated into international air navigation services community and shaping the future of air traffic management within European Union. Coming from one of the worlds most advanced digital societies, gives us the strength, knowledge, and expertise to make the digital transformations in air navigation industry real. Together with our 200 employees we are designing innovative and sustainable integrated airspace, via dynamic cross-border FINEST collaboration with our neighbours in Finland.  We are one of the drivers of the safe airspace integration of unmanned aerial vehicles within the Single European Sky Initiative Gulf of Finland (GOF) 2.0 and developing unified air traffic management in Estonia. Our remote tower technology is one of a kind and enables us to control air traffic at several aerodromes simultaneously from one working position, ensuring high quality and safe services even in poor weather visibility conditions. EANS is a state-owned public limited company under the jurisdiction Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Republic of Estonia.

 

About Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH

Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH was founded in May 2018 in order to take our exploration into cutting-edge commercial urban air mobility solutions and services to the next level. We are exploring how recent technology advancements provide mobility solutions and services – from battery capacity and autonomy to electric propulsion – that can help drive the development of new kinds of aerial vehicles (eVTOLs). Airbus Urban Mobility focuses on better connecting people by bringing the safety, convenience and joy of flight to city inhabitants. To make this a reality, we’re architecting all pieces of the urban air mobility domain. Our approach includes building and bringing together all the relevant components—technology, business models, city integration, infrastructure development, and airspace management – to take urban transport into the sky. In doing so, we can ensure maximum societal benefits for urban communities worldwide.

About Aviamaps

Aviamaps Ltd is modernizing manned and unmanned aviation with a unique real-time aviation map platform and easy-to-use flight planning and airspace management tools. Aviamaps combines static airspace data with live supplements, NOTAMs and AUP/UUP data. Platform also visualizes drone geozones, weather, aircraft traffic and more. Flight announcements make it possible to communicate with other pilots and making aviation safer. Aviamaps is targeting to be the “google maps” of aviation.

About CAFA Tech

CAFA Tech is a robotics company which is developing:

  1. Autonomous and tele-operated mobile robots for logistics and ground maintenance
  2. Automated cellular drone systems based on 4G/5G communication
  3. Battery systems and Service Stations for mobile robots and drones


for supporting automated missions of mobile robots and drones CAFA Tech provides Computer Vision systems for analysing cameras feed near real time.

About Dimetor

Dimetor is a software company bridging the data gap between communications service providers (CSPs) and the aviation eco-systems. Through its world-leading platform AirborneRF, they help provide supplementary data that is critical for safe BVLOS drone operations. AirborneRF focuses on (a) the 3D corridors in space that have sufficiently good connectivity for drone operations (e.g.  for networked remote ID, command and control, payload communication), and (b) the population density for ground risk assessment, based on anonymized cellular mobility data.  Developed by experts in mobile communication networks, aviation and drone technology, AirborneRF also provides live notifications from the CSP networks in case of any issue during flight operation may occur.  Dimetor’s software has been deployed worldwide, including Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, the United States.  Visit www.dimetor.com and www.airborneRF.com for more information.

About Droneradar

Droneradar Sp. z o.o. (www.droneradar.eu) is a technology provider for PansaUTM. Droneradar developed mobile application, supporting building full aeronautical awareness across Drone community, two-way non-verbal communication (CDDLC – Controller Drone Data Link Communication) and also unique algorithm for judging possibility of the flight. Droneradar is daughter company of dlapilota.pl Sp. z o.o. Polish General Aviation portal and aeronautical data publisher, established in 2002. Currently, Dronereadar activities are focused on autonomous flights, automation of processes between UTM and ATM world, CIS interfaces standardization. Droneradar is active on European and National legislation level supporting many standardization organizations.

About EHang

EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities. For more information, please visit www.ehang.com.

About Fintraffic ANS

Fintraffic ANS is responsible for managing the use of Finnish airspace as well as providing air traffic control services at airports in Finland. En-route services include area control services in Finland, airspace management, aeronautical search and rescue and air traffic flow management. Our technological air navigation services maintain and develops all navigation, communication, surveillance and monitoring systems related to en-route services, such as the air traffic control and radar systems required for flight surveillance. Our customers include airports, the commercial aviation industry, the Finnish state’s aviation operations and military aviation, general aviation and pilot training schools.

 

About FREQUENTIS

Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is a global supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. Such ‘control centre solutions’ are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and Public Safety & Transport (police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries, and local representatives in more than 50 countries. Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 35,000 operator working positions and in approximately 150 countries.

Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group’s AIM (aeronautical information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R dispatcher working positions for Public Transport are industry leading solutions.

The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT (ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2020, the Frequentis Group generated revenues of EUR 299.4 million and EBIT of EUR 26.8 million. Following the transaction with L3Harris, the number of employees is around 2,100.
For more information, please visit www.frequentis.com  

About IBCh PAS PSNC         

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences is an internationally known node of the European Research Area in the field of IT infrastructure of science and an important R&D center in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). As a development centre of e-Infrastructure, PSNC designed and built the Metropolitan Network POZMAN, High Performance Computing Center and the national broadband network PIONIER, maintained and still developed by PSNC.

PSNC is an important element of global research and development base, implementing projects mainly under the European Union Framework Programmes, but also supporting R&D initiatives with more than a thousand partners from around the world. PSNC has participated and participates in 215 such projects, coordinating 20 of them. For over a quarter century of its activity 282 research and structural projects have already been implemented in the Centre (coordinating as many as 38 of them), which is one-seventh of all PSNC projects.

PSNC has been operating with a mission: “Integration and development of information infrastructure for science”. The potential of the infrastructure and the several dedicated laboratories, including a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, are the basis of innovative applications in agriculture, logistics or education. The possibilities are being expanded with the new experimental and laboratory space at the airport in Kąkolewo with dedicated data collection and processing services and a connection to the PIONIER network infrastructure.

About Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA)

Every day Polish Air Navigation Services Agency ensures safety of passengers in more than 3,000 flights over Poland. We have one of the biggest airspace in Europe: over 334,000 km2. Before coronavirus pandemic almost a million overflights, approaches, take-offs and landings in 2019 were supervised by almost 600 air traffic controllers employed in Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, as well as around 260,000 General Aviation flights under watch of the Flight Information Service (FIS). Polish Air Navigation Services Agency is also the only institution in Poland training and employing civil air traffic controllers (ATCOs). We also provide Flight Inspection Services for monitoring the proper operation of ground-based navigation aids from the air. Our air traffic controllers are supported by advanced technology. Over 200 devices located throughout Poland guaranteeing safety of air traffic within the Polish airspace: air-ground communication systems, RNAV systems, ILS – DME systems supporting smooth and precise landing in low visibility, radars. PANSA also builds and develops tools for efficient management and planning of airspace: CAT (Common Airspace Tool) – that ensures accurate and efficient management of the airspace, PANDORA – that supports controllers and other operations personnel with the wide spectrum of a real time aviation data, raising their situational awareness, PANSA UTM – system for UAV flight coordination, TRAFFIC – Track Advisor for Flight Information Concerns, which provides the ATM system information from flight plans, as amended and complementary messages.

PANSA have developed and implemented PansaUTM – UAV flight coordination system. In March 2020 PansaUTM became the first operational system in Europe which involves Air Traffic Controllers with fully working collaborative ATC interface supporting two-way non verbal communication with UAS pilots. The system is operationally working on all 15 civil TWRs and all 5 FIS sectors. According to the statistics the number of all operations in 2020 reached more almost 300 000 UAV flights submitted to the PansaUTM including all controlled zones in Poland. Comparing it to the number of manned aircraft operations in uncontrolled airspace in 2019 (240 000) recorded by PANSA – shows that number of unmanned operations already surpassed that number. In February 2021 PANSA have implemented new version of PansaUTM 1.2 with additional functionalities for UAS pilots and  air traffic controllers including automatic approvals.

About Robots.Expert

Robots Expert Finland Oy (REX) is the leading European unmanned aviation expert company with a mission to Create a Future where Drones benefit both Business and Society. REX helps organizations to exploit new drone technology in their business; consults on the value-chain and change management needed to adopt drones into workflows, helps organizations comply with safety regulations, and facilitates flying demonstrations to prove the true benefits in business. REX’ personnel have a strong background in UAS, technology and strategy, as well as in Urban Air Mobility and project management to support the tasks of facilitating demonstrations and to manage large projects or consortia.

About Threod Systems

Threod Systems specializes in developing, producing, and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that are designed for information collection and exploitation in wide range of applications. Threod supports the decision-making process on every level of command. Threod Systems is known for rapid product development and tailor made UAS solutions for small multirotors, fixed-wing UAV platforms, and in-house developed subsystems. Threod System designs, develops, manufactures and operates Unmanned Aircraft Systems and subsystems for information collection, surveillance and other tasks related to unmanned sensing including VLOS and BVLOS operations.

About Unmanned Life

Unmanned Life is a multi-award-winning deep tech company. Our core IP is the world’s first 5G, Edge and AI-enabled software platform which can deploy and manage at scale, integrated swarms of different types of robotic devices (UAV, AGV etc.) of varied capabilities, working together autonomously to deliver commercial grade solutions for the Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities market sectors. Our Mission is to become the Go-To Software Platform for Seamless Orchestration of Autonomous Robotics

We are comprised of a small but highly talented team (punching well above our weight) of multiple nationalities, educated at the world’s top schools in their respective disciplines with experience in frontier and emerging technologies such as 5G, Cloud Computing, AI, Robotics, Autonomy as well as Business Leadership, Management and Sales in some of the world’s leading companies. We have been recognized across the world by various technology giants, fortune 500 industrial behemoths, governments and associations winning awards such as “Most Innovative Company” by Alibaba Group (2019), “Most Innovative Technology” by NTT Group (2019) and the UK National Technology Award (2018).

Finally, we have existing projects, pilots, and strategic partnerships with industry behemoths in technology, telco, logistics and government such as Telefonica, SEAT, Walmart, BT, Etisalat, Dubai Future Foundation and the City of Vienna to name a few. Our diverse and immensely motivated team unites on our mission to become the go to software platform for seamless orchestration of heterogeneous robotic swarms. To find out more visit: https://unmanned.life/

About Vaisala

Vaisala is a global leader in weather, environmental, and industrial measurements. Building on 85 years of experience, Vaisala provides observations for a better world, with space-proof technology even exploring Mars and beyond. We are a reliable partner for customers around the world, offering a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1,900 professionals worldwide and is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.

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Partners

The GOF 2.0 consortium, consisting of 15 scientific and commercial partners from the drone and aviation industry, will use its expertise and technology to ensure safe flight operations in all classes of airspace in order to provide all airspace users with fair and efficient access to the shared airspace. The GOF 2.0 project is one of several projects managed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking that are dedicated to U-space, the European Commission’s initiative for the safe and secure integration of drones into the airspace.