March 10, 2021

Consortium

EVERIS SPAIN SL

everis an NTT DATA Company is a multinational consulting firm that offers business and strategic solutions, development and maintenance of technological applications and outsourcing services. The company, which operates in the telecommunications, financial, industrial, utilities, energy, public administrations and health sectors. It currently employs 28,000 professionals at its offices and high performance centers in 17 countries.

everis Aerospace, Defense and Security

everis Aerospace, Defense and Security (everis ADS) offers differential solutions integrating innovative technologies developed by them, by the SMEs they invest in and by the partners with whom they have strategic alliances. The company combines the strength of everis Group with the flexibility and the adaptive capacities of its technological SMEs. This way, they provide the market with state-of-the-art products and services in areas such as defense, aviation, security, simulation and space.

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM (NLR)

Royal NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace. Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and integral solutions for the complex challenges in the aerospace sector.

NLR’s activities span the full spectrum of Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT & E). Given NLR’s specialist knowledge and facilities, companies turn to NLR for validation, verification, qualification simulation and evaluation. NLR thereby bridges the gap between research and practical applications, while working for both government and industry at home and abroad. NLR stands for practical and innovative solutions, technical expertise and a long-term design vision. This allows NLR’s cutting edge technology to find its way into successful aerospace programs of OEMs, including Airbus, Embraer and Pilatus. NLR contributes to (military) programs, such as ESA’s IXV re-entry vehicle, the F-35, the Apache helicopter, and European programs, including SESAR and Clean Sky 2.

NLR supports ANSPs with capabilities that range from the R&D of new ATM concepts, to the delivery of ATM Simulation Facilities, ATM decision support tools, and to the design and validation of flight procedures. Furthermore, NLR has a vast track record helping ANSPs with Human Factors, Training and Safety challenges during the implementation of new ATM systems or procedures.

To be able to perform this work NLR has a flexible team of professionals with many years of ATM experience combined with state of the art validation facilities like our Real Time ATM simulator NARSIM and our Cessna Citation II aircraft.

BOEING RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY-EUROPE (BR&T-E)

With its main office near Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport, plus a fully integrated presence in the U.K. and Germany, Boeing Research & Technology-Europe (BR&T-Europe) was the first research center established by Boeing outside the United States. Since it opened in 2002, its mission has been to work with partners across Europe in research and technology development to foster innovation, excellence and competitiveness within the European research and development community. BR&T-Europe has a staff of more than 70 employees, most of whom are engineers and scientists recruited from across Europe. It has become a key technology integrator, collaborating with universities, research centers, airlines and industry partners. BR&T-Europe focuses on technology areas that are priorities for the European Union as well as for Boeing: model-based engineering, operating efficiency for airlines and solutions for the integration of autonomous systems in shared airspace; machining and metal forming technologies, laser powder bed fusion for additive manufacturing, drilling technology and materials modelling. The team also provides support on technology implementation and qualification process at supplier sites. In addition, BR&T-E has a solid background in aircraft trajectory management including design, prediction, optimization and de-confliction, such as Detect and Avoid, and related micro-services, such as interface with SWIM (System Wide Information Management).  

JEPPESEN GMBH

Jeppesen is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Solutions division of Boeing Global Services. Boeing has the broadest range of support and services in the industry, giving customers a competitive advantage in solving real-world operational problems, making decisions, maximizing efficiency and improving environmental performance – intelligent information solutions across the aviation ecosystem. For more than 80 years, Jeppesen has been helping pilots and passengers reach their destinations safely. Jeppesen processes aeronautical data, provides workforce planning solutions and develops critical navigation and optimization solutions that improve the safety and efficiency of the world’s air transportation. Inside Boeing Global Services Jeppesen is proud to be part of the One Boeing community, focused on the needs of global defense, space and aviation customers from all markets, regardless of their equipment’s original manufacturer. With engineering, digital analytics, supply chain and training support spanning across both the government and commercial service offerings, we are uniquely positioned to keep passengers flying, and nations safe. We are the world lead in NAVData and we also have established a research department called DS&A LAB where new ideas, tools and programs for use in the aerospace industry are being developed. The German office works closely with our offices in Gdansk, Denver, Seattle, Singapore Sweden and other parts of the world.

FUNDACION INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE GALICIA (ITG)

Fundación Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia (ITG) is a private non-profit research and technology organization set up in 1991, that aims to improve the competitiveness of enterprises, organizations and professionals through research, technological development and professional services. It provides expertise in the design, development and implementation of complex ICT-based technology (software and hardware) for the monitoring and control of processes and infrastructures (mainly energy and water grids, buildings). Its main fields of activity are: Sensing and TelecommunicationSoftware EngineeringEnergy Efficiency, Water Technologies and Construction Technologies. 

The centre includes a research unit on Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Air Mobility, developed in collaboration and with the support of Spanish large companies such as EVERIS and SDLE 

ITG has a team of more than 60 people, most of them telecommunication, aeronautic, software and industrial engineers. The centre has participated in more than 70 R&D national and international projects and has provided services to 347 different customers during the last three years.  

ITG has been recognized as a National Technology Center by the Ministry of Economic and Competitiveness of the Spain Government (registration number 115). The entities that constitute its Board of Trustees are: the Regional Government of Galicia; the Universities of A Coruña, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela; the Confederation of Galician Enterprise Associations; the official Galician Associations of Civil Engineers, Industrial Engineers and Architects. ITG chairs the Executive Board of the Spanish Federation of Technological Centres (FEDIT) and is member of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations (WAITRO).  

In the aeronautic sector, ITG is member of the following organizations and networks: European Network of U-space Demonstrators, managed by EUROCONTROL; European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE), where it is involved in the working-group “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” and contributes to the development of industry standards for unmanned vehicles; advisory Board of the Spanish Agency for the Aeronautic Security (AESA); Galician Association of Unmanned Intelligent Systems (AGASINT).  

At national level, ITG is member of the network of excellence iMOV3D: New Technologies for Smart Mobility based on Urban Air Mobility”, funded by the Spanish Centre for Industrial Development (CDTI). This R&D network aims to increase the research capacities on 3 main fields: air vehicle autonomy, intelligent and autonomous control systems for urban air mobility, intelligent collaborative systems for the integration of UAVs in the urban space.

In relation to the domain of the AMU-LED project, ITG can provide know-how and technology in the following fields:  

  • Urban Air Traffic Management based on U-space services.  
  • Airworthiness, safety and certification aspects of both air (aircrafts, airborne electronics) and ground segment (air traffic management). 
  • Deep learning techniques to analyse data to extract patterns and prescriptive analytics.  
  • Implementation of scalable and fast simulations based on high performance computing.  
  • Geographic Information Systems to process and display geographical information  

ENAIRE

ENAIRE is the company of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda that manages air navigation in Spain. It is designated to provide air navigation services for en-route and approach control, from five control centres: Barcelona, Madrid, Gran Canaria, Palma and Seville. Likewise, ENAIRE renders aerodrome control services at 21 airports, including the busiest in terms of air traffic plus communications, navigation and surveillance services to 45 air control towers, being one of the major air navigation service providers in Europe. 

ENAIRE is a major European company in ATM, R&D and project management in the field of airspace and air navigation and a founding member of the A6 Alliance, which represents the ANSPs common view within SESAR Programme. 

ENAIRE has already been an active part of SESAR Programme from the very beginning and has substantially contributed as a SESAR JU founding member in the different fields of airport and air navigation services management, planning and provision, and other ATM R&D related activities, in order to support the cooperative accomplishment of the European ATM Target Network and the associated European ATM Master Plan.  

The benefit provided to SESAR by ENAIRE and its linked third parties is based in the large set of available assets, including ATC Centres, validation platforms as well as ATCOs and engineers with vast expertise in different CNS/ATM/U-Space topics.  

ENAIRE will contribute to the project by means of definition of UAM operational and safety concept, use cases, U-space architecture, functional requirements and platform; as well as its participation in flight testing including its involvement on the approval of the flight demonstration in Spain, and the use of ENAIRE’s ATM tool GammaSim in the testing campaigns. 

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

TECNALIA is a leading Research and Technological Development Centre in Europe and member of BRTA (Basque Research and Technology Alliance) whose mission is to transform technology into GDP, helping companies to be more competitive and generate wealth and employment. Its key scopes of action are: Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Transformation, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Health and Urban Ecosystem.

TECNALIA currently has a team of over 1,400 experts (43% women – 57% men) from 29 different nationalities. Its activity consists of visualising, identifying and developing comprehensive technological solutions together with its clients. Among them, there are more than 7,400 companies with which it has worked since its origins in 2011, 75% of which are SMEs. TECNALIA is the second private Spanish organisation in European patent applications.

In Europe, TECNALIA has consolidated its position as the first private organisation in Spain in project contracting, participation and leadership under the European Commission’s HORIZON 2020 programme, in partnership with 110 Basque companies and 175 others from the rest of the country.

One of the keys to TECNALIA’s success in collaborating with companies has been its commitment to maintaining a business relationship model which is increasingly strategic and based on trust, collaboration, and a shared technological strategy to achieve the highest value-adding proposal to boost competitiveness. A model that is allowing the centre to set up collaboration plans with companies which will be developed together over the coming years.

TECNALIA’S key scopes of action are: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, ENERGY TRANSITION, SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY, HEALTH URBAN ECOSYSTEM.

The Industry and Transport Division of TECNALIA will be the responsible for the implementation of AMU-LED project, specifically, Electric Aircraft by TECNALIA , with a broad experience in the electrification of aircraft subsystems, has recently revealed its design of an Air Taxi concept, conceived for the intra-city transport of people. The objective mission of this vehicle is to travel 15 km in 15 minutes, with a maximum load capacity of 100 kg. One of the differentiating characteristics of this design is that it is an over actuated aircraft, based on four quadrotors joined through universal joints to a central airframe, where the passenger or the payload can be located. This over actuated nature provides several benefits over traditional multirotor structures.

INGENIERIA Y ECONOMIA DEL TRANSPORTE SME MP SA (INECO)

Ineco is a global leader in infrastructure engineering and consultancy.

Ineco is the reference in transport engineering and consultancy that, for more than 50 years, has been developing comprehensive, innovative and technological solutions which have allowed to advance towards a new model of mobility that is more sustainable and safe. Ineco’s solutions directly contribute to improving the quality of life of millions of people.

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 3,000 professionals, the company is present in the five continents, in which it deploys its experience and capacity to undertake challenging projects. All this, thanks to its specialized knowledge and the implementation of state-of-the-art technology. From the concept, planning, design and works, to operation and maintenance, Ineco offers its clients solutions covering the entire project life-cycle. This value, combined with the diverse markets in which the company carries out its activities -aviation, railway, roads, urban transport, ports, digitization, planning and architecture- and its commitment to sustainability and innovation, make Ineco a key ally in the development of the transport systems of the future.

During the last years Ineco has been participating in national projects of UAVs/RPAs This includes the National Plan for UAVs coordination on behalf of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

In the international field Ineco has become a regular collaborator in SESAR and SESAR 2020, specifically in the RPAS/Drone filed. It led TERRA (SESAR 2020 ER2) where the CNS infrastructure for allowing the VLL RPAS Traffic Control was assessed and participated to IMPETUS (SESAR 2020 ER2), where new services to enable the RPAS operation were specified and tested. Ineco was also part of the Advisory Board of CORUS, the SESAR 2020 ER project in charge of developing the CONOPS for the VLL RPAS traffic control.

More recently, Ineco has participated to DOMUS, one of the European demonstrations if U1/U2 U-Space services. The demonstration was led by Enaire, and Ineco integrated the RPAS control system in our Smart City platform (Cityneco) allowing to test drone operation in urban areas. A first integration with general aviation was also demonstrated with ATC intervention. And now is also involved in DACUS that aims to develop a service-oriented demand and capacity balancing (DCB) process for drone traffic management, developing a collision risk model.

Ineco also participates to SESAR 2020 (and previously to SESAR) in the Industrial Research Programme with presence in more than 20 projects since 2009.

Ineco has had an important presence also in other European R&D Programs since FP7, with participation in projects devoted specifically to the Air (including U-Space), rail and GNSS sectors. As example, Ineco has participated to In2Rail (H2020), VITE (Shift2Rail Open Calls), STARS (H2020), OPTIMA (S2R OCs), ERSAT GGC (H2020-GSA) and Gate4Rail (Shift2Rail OCs), ACCEPTA (H2020/GSA, led by Ineco), FILGAPP (H2020/GSA, led by Ineco), TITAN (FP6), INTERACTION (FP7).

ANRA TECHNOLOGIES UK LTD

ANRA Technologies was founded in 2015 and is a provider of end-to-end drone operations and traffic management software solutions for unmanned aircraft operators and airspace managers. ANRA offers intelligent and modular software capabilities as part of our SmartSkiesTM family of solutions, enabling the creation of unmanned ecosystem for compliant, Uspace and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and multi-modal operations. For organizations that need an enterprise-class drone operations solution we offer SmartSkiesTM Mission Manager and for delivery solutions we offer SmartSkiesTM DELIVERY.

We are honored to be the only airspace management provider in the world that is participating in both the NASA Advanced Air Mobility campaigns and EASA/H2020 VLD for UAM. ANRA has succeeded in solving some of the most vexing autonomy challenges to enable safe and efficient airspace operations, to include the following projects. 

  • EASA/H2020.  Very Large Demo for UAM, conducting sim and live flights with two eVTOLs. 
  • UK Department for Transport/CPC.  Open-Access UTM national frameworkFuture Flight Challenge, Phase 2. Project CAELUS Medical logistics network of Drones in Scotland. Project ATOMICUS,  UTM-ATM integration of cargo unmanned systems at towered airport. 
  • NASA UTM and UAM. Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign (X3) as an airspace partner (2020). UTM Technical Capability Levels (TCL) 1-4 as a UTM service provider. 
  • Swiss Aviation Regulator (FOCA) Supplier of Electronic ID for use by Public Safety. 
  • FAA UTM. Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) certified provider. UTM Pilot Program (UPP) Phase 1 & 2 as UTM provider. BAA project to stress test UTM. 
  • Advisory Bodies, Standards Development Organizations and Associations 
    • ISO Technical Committee 20/SC16 for UAS Standards 
    • ICAO Aviation Trust Framework Study Group 
    • UK CAA Electronic Conspicuity Working Group 
    • Co-chair for ASTM Committee F38 (UAS) for UTM, Remote ID, and UAM   
    • FAA Drone Advisory Committee Working Group for UTM 
    • ANSI UAS Steering Committee 
    • Australia UTM Policy Working Group 
    • Swiss Uspace Implementation (SUSI) partnership 
    • Global UTM Association (GUTMA) board member 
    • GUTMA Technical Standards Lead 
    • AUVSI board member 

ANRA is developing software that will address many UAM challenges, ranging from traffic management, capacity management, dynamic routing to efficient airspace operations. We are passionate about creating a digitally connected sky that efficiently and safely orchestrates air traffic movement that is envisioned to become more interoperable with existing traffic management systems for all vehicle classes. 

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. The aerospace theme represents one of the largest academic centres in Western Europe for strategic applied research, development and design within aerospace. Cranfield also hosts a number of unique facilities pertinent to this project, including Cranfield airport, digital tower, ATM simulator, flight simulators,, the national flying laboratory centre, MUEAVI (Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation) infrastructure and National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC) which allows testing of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) in a designated 16km experiment corridor. Cranfield university is represented by The Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems within the Consortium. The Centre has leading reputation in autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC)

CATEC is a technological center that develops its activity based on seven strategic lines:

  1. New composite materials, their production processes, life cycle and recycling. Automation of production, assembly, inspection and testing
  2. New onboard systems: electrical, hydraulic, compressed air, fuel, etc., directed to achieve the most efficient and ecological plane.
  3. New Avionics Systems and subsystems, especially with application to general aviation, sports, business and Very Light Jets.
  4. New techniques of air traffic management, including the management of airports and their technical facilities.
  5. Unmanned Aircraft, its applications and associated technologies. Special attention to commercial, civil and security applications. The UAVs as a flight test platform.
  6. Development of computational simulation techniques and their applications to systems, platforms and/or vehicles (integrated systems)
  7. Development of techniques, components, subsystems, systems and spatial applications.

For all these reasons, CATEC is a development tool that bases its work on technical excellence and responsiveness to its customers and intends to become, in the coming years, one of the R&D centers of national and international reference for the development of aerospace technology.

CATEC has a staff of more than 60 researchers and specialized technical personnel. Most of them are engineers from the Industrial, Aeronautical, Telecommunications, Materials, Computer or Chemical fields, and some graduates in other technical careers.

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SL

Airbus is a global leading aircraft manufacturer with a comprehensive product line comprising of highly successful families of aircraft, from the single-aisle A220 Family to the double-deck A380.

The Airbus UTM team is responsible for the design and development of U-space concepts, architectures, service models, prototypes and related digital infrastructure, including collaborative interfaces between ATM and U-space. 

By combining real-world data from drone and manned aircraft operations today, with the data sets and lessons learned from testing advanced services in our simulation environment, Airbus is in a unique position to build out a sustainable UTM ecosystem – one that will work not just for today or tomorrow, but for the next 50 years. As the world’s largest manned aircraft manufacturer, Airbus understands that a long term UTM framework must consider all airspace users and the impact that integration of unmanned traffic will have on commercial aviation. 

Airbus UTM utilizes a proprietary simulation environment to examine the airspace of the future.  We use this environment to create data sets for scenarios that simply don’t exist yet: like wide scale drone delivery in urban areas.  Our simulation prototype allows us to better understand these future environments, developing the low altitude UTM services needed today with the long term UTM ecosystem in view. That long term UTM ecosystem is one that integrates UTM effectively into the existing and evolving air traffic management (ATM) framework.

EHANG TECHNOLOGIES SPAIN S.L.

EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company. Our mission is to make safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone. EHang provides customers in various industries with AAV products and commercial solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions. As the forerunner of cutting-edge AAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities. For more information, please visit www.ehang.com.

AIRHUB B.V

AirHub was founded in 2016 with the vision that drones will improve our daily lives by enhancing safety, efficiency and effectiveness. The mission of AirHub is to safely, legally and efficiently integrate drones into our society by developing innovative software and consultancy services. The AirHub Drone Operations Center combines various tools to plan, fly, log and process your drone operation. The build in SORA Tool allows you to analyse the risks of your mission and apply for an operational approval. Through the integration with UTM services providers, airspace authorisation can be obtained quickly. The agnostic platform even allows operators to monitor and control almost any drone from a remote location and supports you with logging, maintenance, incident management and automated processing of data through artificial intelligence.

STICHTING SPACE53

The drone innovation cluster Space53 brings together public administration, knowledge institutes, first responders, and enterprises of all sizes to strengthen the ecosystem by creating the necessary conditions for successful development and application of unmanned systems technology. With the combination of high tech knowledge and skills, comprehensive facilities for testing and experimenting in life-like situations and the intensive collaboration with public administrations, Space53 has a unique position in the world of drones. Through the intensive collaboration the participants in Space53 realize societally impactful innovations with international commercial potential.

ALTITUDE ANGEL LIMITED

Altitude Angel is the world’s leading provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.  

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at https://developers.altitudeangel.com.

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