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- b.r.m. Technologie und Managementberatung is awarded a contract for a feasibility study on the establishment of a UAS control centre in Bremen (USSP)
- The study is funded by the RDI programme of the Bremer Aufbau-Bank (BAB – Bremen Development Bank).
The use of drones (UAS = Unmanned Aircraft System) for industrial, university, official, security and other civilian purposes will increase significantly in the coming years and will probably exceed the volume of manned air traffic.
To facilitate this volume of drone flights, a new airspace element (geozone) was created on the basis of EU Implementing Regulation 2021/664 and embedded in the existing airspace structure. This so-called “U-Space” (an “airspace” for Unmanned aircraft Traffic management) can be understood as a bundle of various framework conditions and regulations that enable the use of drones. There are various approaches to the demarcation of U-Space: A first approach pursues the strict delimitation of U-Space within the airspace in terms of its maximum altitude and geographical extent. “Although this makes sense as an initial usage approach, it will not be able to meet the expected drone flight demands in the long term,” explains Harald Rossol, managing partner of the b.r.m. company and operator of the Oldenburg-Hatten airfield. Alternatively, an integrated approach exists for which this strict spatial demarcation is not a mandatory requirement. Only this integrated approach offers a complete development scope for potential drone flight traffic. It is being pursued by b.r.m.
b.r.m. plans to apply as a pan-European UAS control centre USSP
Based on the results of the previous LuRaFo-project* VTOL-EGM, the experience gained from the operation of the UAS test centre (Hatten-UAS) at the Oldenburg-Hatten airfield, and above all on its actual activities as a data centre and IT service provider, the company b.r.m. would like to apply and be certified as a Europe-wide UAS control centre in the future. “In addition to the elaboration of the essential USSP services (network identification service, geo-sensitisation service, UAS flight approval service, traffic information service, weather information service, compliance monitoring service and other services to be defined by the Member State), other functions such as data security and consistency in data centre operations, green IT concepts, connectivity to air navigation service providers, as well as a DSGVO-compliant digital transformation are to be considered,” says Harald Rossol. The requested feasibility study will serve to evaluate b.r.m.’s plan to establish a USSP in the context of a data centre in more detail.
The content of the study should essentially be a precise analysis of the services to be offered (according to the ordinance), as well as a detailed economic analysis of the project. The results from the LUV project (Droniq, DFS, TUHH, HCU, HHLA Sky GmbH, Hamburg Authority for Economic Affairs and Innovation), which is due to end in March 2023, are to be integrated into the framework of the current study. Provided that the results are positive, the experience gained from the feasibility study should lead directly to an R&D project that supports the establishment of a b.r.m. UAS control centre in Bremen. UAS Control Centre Bremen in the sense of a USSP of the EU DVO 2021/664ff. By supporting this project, the aerospace location of Bremen can position itself accordingly within the framework of the developments for the U-Space Reallabor Norddeutschland and Deutsche Bucht and the expected establishment of new U-Space Service Providers (USSP).
Milestone 1 is completed by 31.03.2023 with the implementation of the following work:
– Identification of relevant or more usable results from the LUV project, and corresponding adaptation and consideration in the further course of the feasibility study.
– Complete identification of relevant stakeholders at the following points for inclusion in the further course of the study:
o CAA, NAA
o UAS operators
o UAS developers
The study covers the period 01.01.2023-30.06.2023.
Point of Contact:
b.r.m. Technologie- und Managementberatung
Schwachhauser Heerstraße 214
D- 28213 Bremen
+49 421 341494