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Providing air traffic data for the drone revolution

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Drones will deliver significant benefits to economy and society. However, their deployment is held back owing to restrictive air traffic regulations and lack of proper air traffic management systems designed for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Despite the huge potential of drones to disrupt the global economic, civil and social landscape due to their better endurance, range, safety and cost efficiency over manned aircraft, their full deployment is hindered by restrictive air traffic regulations and misfit air traffic management systems, not designed for the new use case of autonomous drones. 


The EU-funded OneSkyConnect project is developing a platform to gather position data of every flying object in the sky from ground-based receivers, allowing drones to safely share the sky with manned aviation. Intelligent air traffic instruments and automatic collision avoidance tools could unlock the full potential of drones across many applications such as infrastructure inspection, agriculture, mining, filming and disaster management.

OneSky is a multi-award winning Swiss company with a mission to safely and efficiently open the sky to all flying objects. OneSky builds the infrastructure allowing tomorrow’s drone revolution, ensuring their safe integration into today’s aviation world. We offer an online platform, which gathers data from a network of scaled-down control towers collecting maximum of information on the position of every flying object in the sky, manned or unmanned. Our technology will allow virtually everybody to see the air traffic surrounding them and take the most appropriate measures. Thus, what OneSky brings to the aviation world is intelligent air traffic instruments and automatic collision avoidance tools, enabling low-risk flight plans and avoidance strategies and creating a safer smarter sky for all. This will unlock the full potential of drones across many sectors such as Infrastructure, agriculture, mining, surveying, film and industry as well as disaster management among other sectors. OneSkyConnect will facilitate the opening up of lower airspace for drone operation unlocking their full potential which will in turn result in massive economic, environmental and social benefits. Professional drone users lose on average €25k per year per drone because of current restrictions. OneSkyConnect will result in the lifting of these restrictions and opening up of the lower airspace for a multitude of drone applications. The use of drones will reduce complexity, optimise costs and create new business opportunities for the operators unlocking a business potential of €120 billion by 2020.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€50 000


Technology Theme
Information systems
Air traffic management systems
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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