ANRA Offering Airspace Administration for Massive Scale European Union City Air Mobility Venture – Drones Information

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Air Mobility Urban – Large Experimental Demonstrations (AMU-LED) is expected to last over two years and will be the largest company of its kind with a consortium of seventeen companies, organizations and municipalities in the US and Europe. Starting with tests and simulations, the project will culminate in 2022 with more than 100 hours of flight tests with aircraft over cities in the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

ANRA Technologies will play a key role in the project by providing its proven SmartSkiesTM family of software platforms for advanced airspace management and simulation. ANRA’s platforms and expertise enable various exercises in support of simulated and live eVTOL operations in various scenarios, use cases and large-scale applications in Europe and the UK. These include transporting cargo and passengers, delivering goods and medical equipment, inspecting infrastructure, law enforcement, and assisting emergency services.

Further information on the project can be found in the AMU-LED press release below.

This project was funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 101017702

Start of the AMU LED project H2020

Europe is testing the future of urban air mobility

  • AMU-LED aims to demonstrate the safe integration of all types of drone operations into urban environments in order to realize increasingly sustainable, intelligent cities.
  • The project contributes to the European Union’s initiative to ensure the safe integration of drones in Europe, also known as underground space.
  • The project will combine various exercises, including passenger transport in air taxis, transport and delivery of goods, police surveillance and assistance to emergency services.
  • In 2022 some of the biggest demonstrations will take place in three European countries: Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
  • 17 companies and institutions from Europe and the USA are involved in the project.

Madrid, January 21st, 2021 – Air taxis, cargo delivery drones or unmanned emergency systems are an ever closer reality. Urban air mobility (UAM) will help us create more sustainable and smarter cities.

This new reality is looming and has led to AMU-LED, a European Union H2020 project whose main purpose is to demonstrate the safe integration of different types of drone operations into the skies of our city.

It is an ambitious initiative to be built over two years with the aim of having one of the largest demonstrations of mobility services using aircraft in urban settings by 2022. Several venues were selected in three different countries: Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Cranfield in Great Britain, Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

A total of 17 different companies from Europe and the USA are involved in the project. The consortium coordinated by everis consists of a group of very prominent representatives of the sector: Airbus, AirHub, Altitude Angel, ANRA Technologies, Boeing Research & Technology-Europe, FADA-CATEC, Cranfield University, EHang, ENAIRE, Gemeente Amsterdam, INECO, ITG, Jeppesen, NLR, Space53 and Tecnalia.

More than 100 flight hours in urban areas

The exercises planned in AMU-LED include more than 100 flight hours, in which various unmanned flight systems are combined and various scenarios, use cases and applications are taken into account. These include the operation of air taxis, cargo transportation, delivery of goods and medical equipment, inspection of infrastructures, police surveillance and support for emergency services.

Using real-world tests and simulations, the project will examine and demonstrate how roads can be relieved, the transport of people and goods improved, travel times shortened, flexibility increased, pollution reduced and traffic accidents reduced.

Thanks to the data from the various tests, AMU-LED can provide valuable information to regulatory authorities such as EASA. Ultimately, the goal is to support the development and definition of laws and regulations in the field of urban air mobility.

A commitment to the development of air traffic management

AMU-LED is a European Union H2020 project under the joint SESAR company (grant agreement No. 101017702). SESAR aims to ensure the modernization of air traffic management in Europe, where urban air mobility (UAM) is a key element. It requires the creation of new concepts and regulations in order to design, structure and industrialize a sustainable and interoperable system in current air traffic.

The extensive and multidisciplinary team of professionals at AMU-LED consists of experts in air traffic solutions, simulation and drone operations, research technology centers, legislators and experts in tests and demonstrators.

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