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EuroDRONE, a European Unmanned Traffic Management Testbed for U-Space †

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Department of Aerospace Science & Technology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, 10563 Athens, Greece
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Applied Mechanics Lab, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
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School of Aerospace, Manufacturing and Transport, Cranfield University, Bedford MK43 0AL, UK
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Dronsystems Limited, 71–75 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9JQ, UK
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Aslogic, Av Electricidad, 1–21, Planta 2, Puerta 1, 08191 Rubí, Barcelona, Spain
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Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, 10563 Athens, Greece
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Hellenic Post, 10563 Athens, Greece
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Romanian Post, 999032 Bucharest, Romania
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This paper is partially based on the conference paper, which was submitted to the 2020 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS).
Academic Editor: Abdessattar Abdelkefi
Drones 2022, 6(2), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones6020053
Received: 9 January 2022 / Revised: 9 February 2022 / Accepted: 11 February 2022 / Published: 18 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
EuroDRONE is an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) demonstration project, funded by the EU’s SESAR organization, and its aim is to test and validate key UTM technologies for Europe’s ‘U-Space’ UTM program. The EuroDRONE UTM architecture comprises cloud software (DroNav) and hardware (transponder) to be installed on drones. The proposed EuroDRONE system is a Highly Automated Air Traffic Management System for small UAVs operating at low altitudes. It is a sophisticated, self-learning system based on software and hardware elements, operating in a distributed computing environment, offering multiple levels of redundancy, fail-safe algorithms for conflict prevention/resolution and assets management. EuroDRONE focuses its work on functionalities which involve the use of new communication links, the use of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology to communicate information between drones and operators for safe and effective UTM functionality. Practical demonstrations that took place in Patras/Messolonghi in 2019 are presented and show the benefits and shortcomings of near-term UTM implementation in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: Unmanned Traffic Management; U-space; drones Unmanned Traffic Management; U-space; drones
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Lappas, V.; Zoumponos, G.; Kostopoulos, V.; Lee, H.I.; Shin, H.-S.; Tsourdos, A.; Tantardini, M.; Shomko, D.; Munoz, J.; Amoratis, E.; Maragkakis, A.; Machairas, T.; Trifas, A. EuroDRONE, a European Unmanned Traffic Management Testbed for U-Space. Drones 2022, 6, 53. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones6020053

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Lappas V, Zoumponos G, Kostopoulos V, Lee HI, Shin H-S, Tsourdos A, Tantardini M, Shomko D, Munoz J, Amoratis E, Maragkakis A, Machairas T, Trifas A. EuroDRONE, a European Unmanned Traffic Management Testbed for U-Space. Drones. 2022; 6(2):53. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones6020053

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Lappas, Vaios, Giorgos Zoumponos, Vassilis Kostopoulos, Hae In Lee, Hyo-Sang Shin, Antonios Tsourdos, Marco Tantardini, Dennis Shomko, Jose Munoz, Epameinondas Amoratis, Aris Maragkakis, Thomas Machairas, and Andra Trifas. 2022. "EuroDRONE, a European Unmanned Traffic Management Testbed for U-Space" Drones 6, no. 2: 53. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones6020053

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