EU launches drone network

Brussels - EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has launched at the Port of Antwerp the European network for drone demonstration projects.

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Brussels - EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has launched the European network for drone demonstration projects. The network will become a forum to share knowledge on how to keep drone operations safe, secure and green. It will focus on the so-called U-space: a system that connects all drones flying in the air and that makes all drones visible for authorities and citizens.

The launch event was hosted by the Port Authority of Antwerp, the Belgian air navigation service provider Belgocontrol, and the U-space technology provider Unifly – all three also being part of the network.

Drone and U-space projects deliver concrete results on how to fly drones safely and how the developing U-space system can become more reliably robust. Yet these U-space projects are only sustainable and will only attract additional investment if the found solutions are compatible with the European framework. That is why the Commission has taken the initiative to establish a European Network of U-space Demonstrators to support these projects.

“Drones are a key part of the future of aviation and will become part of our daily lives. All players can mutually learn and exchange practical expertise to keep drone operations safe, secure and clean. That exactly is the purpose of this EU wide network,” said Bulc.

APM Terminals has recently begun to use drones for security and to drive operational efficiency in its facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile.

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