WP2 – Integrate U-space Infrastructure and Services

In work package 2, we aimed to bridge cutting-edge U-space services, 5G technology, and industry collaboration, paving the way for safer and more efficient UAS operations.

NAVIAIR developed operational and legal frameworks for U-space integration with the 5G UAS network. Ericsson enhanced the 5G UAS network core and integrated it with the U-space platform.

NAVIAIR’s U-Space Integration includes remote ID (DroneID5G module) and technical integration of QoS products.

HHLA Sky and AirPlate were later added to compensate for NAVIAIR’s exit.

Key findings and outcomes from WP 2

  • The spinout AirPlate ApS: AirPlate was founded based on the results of the DroneID5G project (see work package 3). AirPlate ApS integrates with HHLA Sky’s USSP to serve as a generic key for drones connecting to the U-space.
  • Integration of SDU’s surveillance infrastructure: SDU’s surveillance infrastructure for crewed traffic data was seamlessly integrated into HHLA Sky’s UTM system.
  • Real-World U-space demonstration: HHLA Sky successfully demonstrated U-space services in real-world scenarios by integrating with the Airplate hook-on device.
  • Meck Consult’s contributions: Meck Consult actively participated in international and Danish groups working on international drone regulation and the Danish Drone Strategy. They supported Ericsson in developing and presenting the SIM density function, while also assisting AirPlate in devising strategic and technical solutions.
  • U-space showcase at IDS 2023: The U-space technology stack, comprising HHLA, AirPlate, and SDU components, was showcased at IDS 2023, running faultlessly on TDC NET/Ericsson infrastructure.

Future Opportunities

  • Research and innovation projects: The project opens doors for additional research and innovation initiatives.
  • Experimental commercial deployment: A further step could be an experimental commercial deployment of U-space services.
  • AirPlate’s ambitions: AirPlate seeks to create “AirMap,” a national air awareness map that tracks drones and aircraft, enhancing low airspace safety. Additionally, they plan to deploy a DroneID scanner at Billund Airport in 2024, leveraging technology from the GENIUS project.