Testing With U-Space In The Netherlands
In the future, U-Space must ensure the orderly handling of all unmanned and manned air traffic in the same airspace. But before that happens, a lot needs to be tested in practice. As part of the European AMU-LED project, various test flights will soon take place in the following three Dutch cities: Amsterdam, Enschede, and Rotterdam. Project coordinator Marta Tojal Castro of Royal NLR explains what will happen.
U-Space drone test flights
Drones can deliver packages, conduct inspections, transport emergency medical supplies, and even transport people. And all this in an urban area. That is the promise of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), freely translated urban air mobility. To make UAM possible, there is a need for highly automated air traffic control for drones. This is called unmanned traffic management (UTM), or in the European context, U-Space.
U-Space must ensure that drones that fly fully automatically or out of sight of the pilot (BVLOS) can do so safely. Only then will…