The number of drones flying in lower airspace will continue to increase. Already in 2021, the number of commercial drones in Germany exceeds 45,000 devices. Together with hobby drones, there will be almost half a million UAVs in the air in 2025. Especially since in the future, you will find not only small (toy) drones in the sky but at some point also large passenger drones. But how do you regulate air traffic and prevent collisions or airspace congestion?
The U-Space – More than just an airspace
To organize unmanned air traffic in the future, an overarching solution has been developed for many years at the technical, organizational, and political levels. Thus, important prerequisites for the future operation of manned and unmanned aircraft in the lower airspace, the so-called U-Space, and for the field of Urban Air Mobility are being created.
THE U-SPACE CONCEPT
The “U-Space” framework developed by the European Commission is intended to serve the integration of UAVs into European airspace because there is as yet no management of lower airspace adapted to UAVs. The focus is on the automation of processes and connectivity between the drone and the environment. As a basis for a successful implementation of Urban Air Mobility, the U-Space should ultimately enable integrating a large number of drones in the restricted airspace.