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AMU-LED flight trials test UTM support for manned, drone and simulated eVTOL flights in shared airspace

The first public demonstrations of drone flights, simulated eVTOL operations and manned flight operations “flying” simultaneously within unsegregated airspace and managed within a decentralised UAS traffic management (UTM) have taken place today as part of the SESAR AMU-LED very large demonstration project at the UK’s Cranfield University.

Two UTM service providers – ANRA and Cranfield’s ATM/UTM Lab – provided UTM/U-space support, exchanging telemetry feed data and strategic de-confliction data while accessing the discovery and synchronisation service (DSS) data via the ASTM F3548 standard.

Under the decentralised U-space architecture the common information service is the source of operational intent, traffic data and conformance alerts but competing/cooperating U-space service providers (USSPs) exchange data on flight plans (for strategic deconfliction), dynamic traffic data and their own conformance alters.

This is the first stage of AMU-LED flight trials using  both centralised and decentralised U-space architectures and the results will be published at the end of the project later this year.

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