In July 2023, EALU-AER successfully executed the first project demonstration within the first phase of integration of U-space technology solutions. The coordinator Future Mobility Campus Ireland, and the partners Collins Aerospace, AirNav Ireland, and the Shannon Airport Group gathered in Shannon, Ireland to perform a Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) flight.
This first demonstration, whose mission was a Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) Validation, aimed to demonstrate and explore the automated coordination with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) when planning, approving and conducting drone flights in and/or around Controlled Airspace (CAS).
The drone, a DJI MATRICE300RTK, took off from the Future Mobility Campus vertiport and flew over the area covering a distance of 0.5 KM. The flight aimed to validate the U-Space Service Provider (USSP) based platform functionality and securely monitor flights from the operations centre over ARINC Ground Network (AGN).
The next flight will start Phase 2, which comprises the addition of the Skyler Surveillance to an EVLOS (Extended Visual Line of Sight) flight utilizing the demo drones embedded C2 (Command & Control).