The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry. In this way, it addresses a pressing challenge in an industry that is set to see the world’s aircraft fleet more than double in the next 20 years.
Between 2014 and 2019, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has financed many new ideas all over Europe to support both fisheries and the blue economy. It has helped many innovative projects thrive while helping in coordinating maritime cooperation across borders. The newly published brochure presents an overview of some of these disruptive projects working to protect oceans and their health.
Artificial intelligence (AI) – and its machine learning applications in particular – has captured the attention of many leaders and researchers worldwide for its potential to enhance the performance of different industries, including the aviation sector.
Brussels, 20 November 2019
The summary of the hearing is now available.
Update: a press release is now available.
The Future of Transportation is a world-leading conference on the subject of ‘What Next?’. Our primary theme this year is ‘Do or Die’. That may sound a bit extreme but we either tolerate change and disruption now or face a total crisis in 10-20 years’ time. Cities are already gridlocked; inter-urban motorways and autobahns have miles of queuing trucks and cars; air quality in many cities is already at crisis point. In some instances, the latter in particular, solutions are starting to be realised. However, the broader issues of gridlock and undercapacity in transportation networks are a long way from being remedied.
The SESAR U-space PODIUM project workshop brought together engaged stakeholders on 17 October in Brussels to review the conclusions of the project. The project concluded that U-space services for the pre-flight phase are practically ready for deployment, but that more action is needed to ensure that U-space services can take-off in the flight execution phase.
On 10 October 2019, partners in the U-space GEOSAFE partners conducted a series of demonstrations in Pourrières (Var), France, making use of geofence technologies in a simulated search-and-rescue operation to locate a missing hiker. Together, they successfully demonstrated three tiers of geofencing aligned with U-space capability levels.
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank announced today the launch of a “European Drone Investment – Advisory Platform” to support innovation and investment in drones. Drones – or unmanned aircraft – are widely regarded as having a major role to play in the future of aviation. The initiative aims to improve access to EU support in this field, and to develop a better understanding of the market to improve investment beyond 2021.
A major milestone in the regulation of operations of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in Europe was achieved on 10th October 2019 with the publication of the Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance materials (GM) for the Regulation on UAS operations in the open and specific category.
Often labelled as one of today’s main disruptive technologies, drones have indeed earned this label by prompting a fundamental rethinking of business models, existing laws, safety and security standards, the future of transport, and modern warfare. The European Union (EU) recognises the opportunities that drones offer and sees them as opening a new chapter in the history of aerospace. The EU aviation strategy provides guidance for exploring new and emerging technologies, and encourages the integration of drones into business and society so as to maintain a competitive EU aviation industry.
The two-day U-space ConOps and Research Dissemination Conference concluded with consensus that SESAR Joint Undertaking U-space exploratory research and demonstration projects are on track to deliver, already providing useful lessons learned on how to make the safe and secure drone traffic integration a reality.
On 26 September, the SESAR JU U-space SAFIR consortium held an Open Day hosted by the Port of Antwerp. A multitude of industrial and commercial drone applications were on display during live demonstrations. During the Open Day, the safety and economic viability of integrated drone traffic in a challenging environment was successfully demonstrated by the various use cases of the consortium partners.
The U-space/SESAR DOMUS Project consortium, led by ENAIRE, conducted a public demonstration on 17 September, which doubled as a testing laboratory, to ensure that unmanned aircraft can coexist in a safe, orderly and efficient manner with the other ‘actors’ that use the airspace, such as commercial and general aviation.
EMSA’s service of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is now being used by the Croatian authorities to assist them in a range of coast guard related functions including vessel traffic monitoring, search and rescue, and detection and monitoring of marine pollution. The request made in February 2019 by Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure sees a vertical take-off and landing RPAS added to their existing surveillance mechanisms for an initial period of three months.