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From the space communication to the drone industry

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

Drone technology is moving extremely fast, providing different kind of services to many industries; as a result the numbers of drones for most commercial applications like agriculture spraying and seeding, mining, delivery or media was near 250,000 in 2017 and it is estimated to reach 1.5 Mill units by 2022. Nowadays, most of drone applications require flying BVLOS but current regulations limit the use of drones to VLOS (visual line of sight) or BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) only for light drones. The state authorities, are willing to permit flights BVLOS if the pilot can prove safe operation, taking into account that 64% of the incidents between 2006 and 2016 were due to communication problems, our objective has been the creation of a satellite based communication device specially designed to improve these problems in communication links.

The use of drone technology in commercial applications such as crop fertilisation, mining and journalism is witnessing a rise. Studies forecast that unit shipments will increase from 250 000 in 2017 to 1.5 million in 2022. Current regulations restrict drone flight to visual line of sight (VLOS). Flights performed out of visual range are only allowed for lightweight drones.


In an effort to extend drone operation beyond VLOS, the EU-funded TRANSDAT project is working on a communication system that can register and keep track of drone pilots. The technology is designed to provide location anywhere in the world, secure connection and air safety services with the highest-quality standards, free from faults and interferences.


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
Safety systems
Navigation support tool to improve safety
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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