Source: U-space blueprint
Provide e-registration, e-identification and geofencing.
Support the management of drone operations and may include flight planning, flight approval, tracking, airspace dynamic information, and procedural interfaces with air traffic control.
Support more complex operations in dense areas and may include capacity management and assistance for conflict detection. Indeed, the availability of automated ‘detect and avoid’ (DAA) functionalities, in addition to more reliable means of communication, will lead to a significant increase of operations in all environments.
Particularly services offering integrated interfaces with manned aviation, support the full operational capability of U-space and will rely on very high level of automation, connectivity and digitalisation for both the drone and the U-space system.
About the project
Metropolis 2 is a project that responds to
SESAR-JU (Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking) necessity of providing concrete solutions to enable air traffic in high-density urban environments. As the european research market is drifting towards U3/U4 services, the project consolidates the results from U1/U2 services and provides a realistic foundation for future Urban Air Mobility (UAM). It is one of the few projects that is working with U4 services.
A main focus is given to develop solutions to strategic deconfliction, tactical deconfliction and dynamic capacity management. The project is being developed by a consortium of eight institutions with wide experience in U-Space research activities while the outcome concepts and results will contribute to enable safe and efficient U-Space operations in urban environments. Metropolis 2 lies within the EU-2020 Research and Innovation programme.
- Extend the segmentation and alignment principles of geovectoring to an operational concept for airspace rules to enable high-capacity urban airspace.
- Develop a unified design approach to the management of traffic in high-density urban airspace on all timescales, based on the segmentation and alignment principles of geovectoring, in combination with flight planning and detect and avoid paradigms that are designed to leverage the alignment principles from geovectoring, to define robust and efficient flight plans, as well as safe and compliant resolution strategies, which are suitable for operation in a densely-used airspace.
- Determine the benefits and drawbacks of separation management paradigms with different approaches to who acts as separator: the drone, the U-space service, or a combination thereof, and different combinations of procedural and tactical separation.
- Investigate a priority-based integration of manned aviation in urban (drone-only) airspace that robustly integrates with airspace rules and separation provision, such that safety for manned flight is guaranteed, while minimizing degradation of capacity.
- Demonstrate the final concept coming out of the Metropolis 2 project in a real-world validation.
Delft University of Technology
Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile ENAC
everis Aerospace, Defense and Security
The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre
Univ. of Patras AML/UoP
Proud to be part of the future of aviation. In 1927, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis was released depicting an imagined city filled w/lots flying taxis 📽️🚖 Nearly 100 yrs on the SESARJU Metropolis2 project (the sequel) aims to make urban air mobility a reality!
When it comes to urban air mobility, current-day air traffic management will not be able to safely and fully support the high traffic demands and fast-paced changes. A unified approach to airspace rules and U-space separation services is key to enabling safe and efficient urban aerial operations. The Metropolis 2 consortium is organising its very first workshop to discuss Read more about Metropolis2 very first workshop[…]
The Eurpoean U-Space research market has recently moved its focus from the consolidated U1/U2 services towards finding solutions to the U3/U4 services. SESAR-JU recently published a report describing the state of the art of U-Space services and its coverage, based on consolidated results from 19 projects. When it comes to Urban Air Mobility (UAM), SESAR Read more about European U-Space research will focus on U3/U4 services[…]
Last 13/11/2020, Project Metropolis2 kick-off meeting was held between the Consortium members. The meeting gathered the participation Industry experts setting the overall targets and goals. The project, coordinated by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), will be on-going for 28 months and have the participation of industrial companies, scientific research entities and EUROCONTROL, all of Read more about Metropolis2 Kick-off meeting concluded[…]