EDA (European Defence Agency) and ESA (European Space Agency) are co-organising a Workshop on the use of Satellites for the Integration of UAS in the European Airspace. The purpose of the Workshop is to inform the UAS stakeholder community on:
- the outcome of ESA-initiated studies in the area of Satellite-UAS cooperative missions;
- the outcome of the EDA-initiated AIR4ALL initiative, and associated activities supporting the AIR4ALL roadmap;
- state-of-the art satellite communications in support of UAS
- the benefits of satellite infrastructure to operators of UAS requiring BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight) operations, safety and air traffic authorities with respect to safety, security, performance and cost.
A keynote speaker discussing cooperation of satellite and UAV in operational scenarios is foreseen.
Finally, EDA and ESA would like to consult the UAS stakeholder community on two planned activities. This will encompass a feasibility study preparing for a satellite-UAS cooperative mission demonstrating UAS integration in non-segregated airspace, and in the following phase an actual demonstration of a satellite-UAS cooperative mission supporting the AIR4ALL roadmap concept.