The increasing use of drones and, in particular, the need to fly these further (i.e. beyond the operator’s line of sight) raise the question of how these devices should be managed within airspace and who should manage them. This is where the U-Space concept comes in.
U-Space was introduced by the European Commission as a federated set of services that are designed to ensure the safe, secure and efficient integration of multiple manned and unmanned aircraft into airspace through a collaboration among all the parties involved.
Airspace management, drone traffic flow management and control systems represent the core components of U-Space, collecting intentions, managing the interplay between demand and capacity, providing the authorisations required, issuing directives and advice to users (operators and remote pilots in command) and ultimately ensuring fair and easy access to airspace for all.