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Metropolis 2: A unified approach to airspace design and separation management for U-space

Metropolis 2

Metropolis 2: A unified approach to airspace design and separation management for U-space

Call for proposal: 
H2020-SESAR-2019-2
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

Metropolis 2 will provide the fundamentals for concrete solutions for U-space U3/U4 services that are needed to enable high-density urban aerial operations, with a unified approach to the following U-space services: strategic deconfliction, tactical deconfliction, and dynamic capacity management. Thus far, U-space efforts have focused on developing a set of baseline services (i.e., U1 and U2 capabilities enabling services such as identification, flight planning, and tracking). When deployed, these services will enable low traffic density applications such as agricultural surveillance and infrastructure inspection.

Urban, high-density operations, however, will require a different approach, and a degree of autonomy that does not yet exist in current-day air traffic management. First, in order to sustain high traffic demands, the urban airspace must be able to allow a shared use of airspace, rather than the approach used today of exclusively assigning parts of the airspace to individual flights. Secondly, at the expected extremely high traffic densities, airspace design, flight planning, and separation management become increasingly interdependent. With the traffic densities that are considered for urban applications these interdependencies necessitate a unified approach to all aspects of traffic management that determine how vehicles interact with each other.

This project will develop a unified approach to airspace rules on the one hand, and flight planning and separation management approaches on the other hand. It will build upon the results of the current U-space projects, the first Metropolis project, and established separation algorithms. Several concepts, differing in how separation is performed (strategic/tactical, ground/air) will be compared using simulations, and the most promising concept will be validated in a real-world demonstration. The results of Metropolis 2 will contribute towards enabling safe and efficient U-space operations in urban environments.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
SESAR-ER4-31-2019 U-space
Lead Organisation: 

Technische Universiteit Delft

Address: 
STEVINWEG 1
2628 CN DELFT
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€423,140
Partner Organisations: 

Linkoepings Universitet

Address: 
Hus Origo Campus Valla
581 83 LINKOEPING
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€242,261

Everis Aeroespacial Y Defensa Sl

Address: 
AVENIDA DE MANOTERAS 52
28050 MADRID
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€240,313

Unifly

Address: 
LUCHTHAVENL 7A UNIT 6 AIRPORT BUSINESS CENTER
2100 ANTWERPEN DEURNE
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€244,063

Stichting Nationaal Lucht En-Ruimtevaartlaboratorium

Address: 
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€116,421

Ecole Nationale De L Aviation Civile

Address: 
Avenue Edouard Belin 7
31055 31055
France
EU Contribution: 
€251,563

Panepistimio Patron

Address: 
University Campus- Rio
26500 Patras
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€175,000
Technologies: 
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