EXPACE leads the LABYRINTH project, focused on the development of an autonomous route management system for drones
The project is part of the Horizon 2020 Programme
It aims to achieve centralized communication in controlled areas, process its points of origin and destination, and calculate routes to avoid collisions.
EXPACE, a company specialized in the development of technologies and solutions for the Defence sector, assumes the role of technical coordination, leading the consortium of the latest international companies and research organizations that are part of the H2020 LABYRINTH project (Unmaned Traffic Management 4d planning technologies of routes for drone swarm to improve safety and security in transport).
LABYRINTH consists of the development of an autonomous management and planning system for unmanned traffic routes for drones. The objective is to achieve centralized communication in controlled areas, process their origin and destination points and calculate routes to avoid collisions. The project will have a budget of five million euros and will be developed over a period of three years.
Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) is one of the main lines of research for NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), other federal partner agencies, and the industry. Drone applications are potentially revolutionary and advantageous in terms of investment and operation costs, spatial resolution, agility and temporal resolution, etc. Nevertheless, security issues make impossible to fly drones in most situations, due to drone guidance and control-related technologies have not reached enough readiness level to guarantee safe operations in most of low altitude scenarios.
Within LABYRINTH project, EXPACE contributes to solving the security problems in these spaces and improving the efficiency and efficiency of civil transport in road, seaport and airport scenarios, including emergency assistance operations.
In U-Space, a framework designed to integrate low-level drone operations in the EU’s airspace, geofencing or perimeter technique applications are currently used. However, although it is a useful technology to avoid the presence of drones in restricted places, it is not prepared to face the future proliferation of drones in areas such as cities, where the risk of collision is higher.
The consortium of entities that are part of the project is made up of institutions and companies such as the Carlos III University of Madrid, the German Aerospace Center, the Central Traffic Headquarters, Telefónica Research and Development, the National Institute of Aerospace Technology Esteban Terradas, EUROCONTROL (Organization European for the Safety of Air Navigation), DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung), ADSP Ligure Orientale, AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology), PONS Road Safety, Madrid City Council and PKF Attest.
The LABYRINTH project places EXPACE in the state of the art of autonomous drone applications and contributes to achieving safer, more efficient and sustainable transport.