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The SAFEDRONE European project is launched for the integration of drones in the future U-Space and facilitate their flight in cities and rural areas


February 1st 2019

It will cover one of the largest flight demonstrations in Europe, which will be held at the facilities of our ATLAS Center in Jaen


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CATEC is participating in the new European SAFEDRONE project, which has just started and which will tackle one of the largest flight demonstrations in Europe to date with drones and conventional aircraft sharing the same low-altitude airspace (Very Low Level-VLL).

Funded by the European Union, through H2020 and SESAR JU, this initiative aims to facilitate the emerge of drones in cities and rural areas to provide all kinds of services in the next decade. The project is being promoted by a consortium led by Indra and integrated by our Center, the University of Seville, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Unifly, ENAIRE (Spanish public company of navigation services and air traffic management) and CRIDA (Center for Research, Development and Innovation Reference in ATM).

The objective of SAFEDRONE is to develop a series of innovative services -which will shape the future U- Space- that will facilitate the access of drones to the airspace that extends from the ground to 120 meters of altitude. In this way, the demonstrations carried out in the project will help defining the operational context of these services.

All tests and flights of the initiative will take place in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, located in Villacarrillo (Jaen). The flights will involve up to eight different types of aircraft - drones and light aircraft with fixed and rotating wings - flying simultaneously in the same space. Specifically, they will include operations “Beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) in rural and semi-urban areas, recreating situations such as the delivery of medical materials, generation of maps and control of the use of the territory.



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