EU Civil Operators and Operations Forum

Date: 14/01/2020-15/01/2020

RPAS CivOps 2020 is an international conference focusing on policy & regulatory matters for civil RPAS operators. In the context of the new European Union RPAS regulation, it will address operational matters, current & future applications, standard operational scenarios, Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA), operational experience, pilot training & qualification, test range safety rules, data protection & privacy.
Representatives of the RPAS communities in various European countries gave updates on their activities. A focus has been put on the harmonization of national approaches to matters of critical importance to the current & future RPAS operator community.

Members of Project GAUSS participated to this event and discussed with interested participants about GAUSS on the major key points of GAUSS project and its technological advancements that have been developed until now.
The feedback was positive and our aim is to maintain the contacts and make dedicated exploitation activities, to present to them videos from the trials that will be performed and to keep discussing with them.

Amsterdam Drone Week

Last 4th December everis Aerospace and Defence attended the Amsterdam Drone Week.

The company presented its wide portfolio for the UAS Market: design, manufacturing and operating drones, products to integrate in the U-SPACE environment, development of onboard artificial intelligence, etc.

Members of Project GAUSS were present and explained the project to several attendants.

Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018

Date: 26/02/2018 – 01/03/2018

The GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, incorporating a thought-leadership conference that features prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. The GSA highlighted a number of innovative drone applications that utilise EGNOS and Galileo during the congress.

GAUSS was invited to attend the MWC 2018 by the GSA in order to promote the use of Galileo, GAUSS attendants shared their stand with professionels from other H2020 projects.

Seminar and Official Opening Galileo Reference Center

Date: 16/5/2018

Seminar on Technical and Economic perspectives of Galileo in the event of the official inauguration of the Galileo Reference Centre which took place on 16 May 2018 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. 

Discussions about GAUSS project focused on the integration and exploitation of Galileo-EGNOS exceptional features for precise and secure positioning to enable USpace operations.

ESA GNSS Workshop on Raw Measurements

Date: 30/05/2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted the GNSS Raw Measurements Taskforce workshop “GNSS Raw Measurements: From research to commercial use”, to share and explore experiences, use cases and opportunities enabled by Android GNSS Raw measurements. The workshop was attended by over 80 participants from industry and from the academic and research communities and included over 20 presentations and two demonstrations by GEO++ and Spirent. The participants shared their experience with Android raw measurements in three exciting domains: high accuracy applications; scientific, educational and robustness applications; and applications for testing and optimisation.

GAUSS was represented by Juan Andrade from IRI (CSIC). Experiences were shared with other participants on the use of pseudoranges for improving localization estimates.

GUTMA Annual Conference 2018

Date: 05/06/2018-06/06/2018

EVADS, as member of the Global UTM Association, attended to the GUTMA annual conference which was held in Madrid the days 5th and 6th of June.

EVADS, in collaboration with ENAIRE (Spanish Air Navigation Service Provider), offered a live demonstration of their UTM concept in controlled airspace and urban environment, which serve as an introduction to the topic of UTM.

Use Cases discussed

  • Use Case 0: Set-Up explanation and presentation
  • Use Case 1: e-Registration
  • Use Case 2: Pre-Tactical Airspace Information
  • Use Case 3: Pre-Tactical Geofencing
  • Use Case 4: Tactical Geofencing
  • Use Case 5: ATM/U-Space interoperability. Drone Activity Report
  • Use Case 6: ATM/U-Space interoperability. Drone Traffic Alert!
  • Use Case 7: ATM/U-Space interoperability. Manned Traffic Alert!

El futuro de los drones: Robótica Aérea

Date: 25/06/2018 – 27/06/2018 

“El futuro de los drones: Robótica aérea” was a Summer University Workshop organized by Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UNIA). It was held in Seville (Spain) from 25 to 27 of June 2018. It was dedicated to the analysis of current status and future trends of unmanned aerial vehicles. There were conferences and tables of experts in aerial robotics, including discussions on the applications of drones in different areas, which allowed the attendant to know innovative solutions in perception, navigation and inspection.

One of the sessions was dedicated to safe navigation with multiple vehicles where GAUSS had a major role.

UAS Workshop 2018 on standard scenarios

Date: 09/07/2018-11/07/2018

EASA organised on 9th – 11th July a workshop on standard scenarios, with special concern in ‘open’ and ‘specific’ categories, with industry and Member States. Standard scenarios are meant to simplify the activities required to the UAS operators.

It was an excellent opportunity to discuss a possible methodology for the risk assessment that UAS Operators are required to conduct before carrying out an operation in the ‘specific’ category, as well as to review the process for developing these standard scenarios.

Furthermore, GAUSS was presented and relevant information on current regulation initiatives was gathered to be applied during the project execution(especially EASA and SORA).

GAUSS (EVADS) attended to:

  • Gather information on current regulation initiatives (especially EASA and SORA).
  • Present the project.

TERRA 2nd Workshop

Date: 11/07/2018

TERRA Project (H2020)  propose a technical architecture to support VLL RPAS operations, which are assumed to encompass interaction with VFR traffic; it focuses on the ground segment.

TERRA organised a first workshop where users’ and stakeholders’ needs, in terms of Ground Systems infrastructures for UAS operations, were collected. These needs were the basis to define a full set of Operational and Functional Requirements, which were validated during this second workshop with the TERRA Advisory Board and U-Space community, including drone operators, VFR aviation, Civil Aviation Authorities, ANSPs, Telecom companies, GNSS providers, Universities, Industry, etc.

GAUSS participation consisted in:

  • Assistance in the validation of the requirements
  • Presenting the project to all the attendants.

Farnborough International Airshow 2018

Date: 16/07/2018 – 22/07/2018

The biennial Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) brings together trade visitors and exhibitors from the Aerospace and Defence industries.

FIA takes place in Farnborough, the birthplace of British aviation, in the Hampshire countryside. Its unique setting provides a natural arena to showcase the capabilities of military and commercial aircraft, leading many companies to debut their latest innovations.

Some GAUSS partners attended the event and presented the Project


Date: 20/09/2018 

The Dutch Aviation Group (DAG) held a symposium on the commercial use of drones . Practical applications, developments and legislation were discussed there.

It included facets such as the missions for which drones are deployed now and in the future, innovative developments, control , test sites, the developments in laws and regulations, cases where European regulations become important and issues which deserve attention in the short term.

ARATOS discussed with participants about GAUSS and presented the major key points of GAUSS project. The feedback was positive and contact with DARPAS will be maintained.

2018 IEE/RSJ International COnference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Date: 01/10/2018 – 05/10/2018

The 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) was the flagship conference in the field of robotics and the biggest international event for researchers, companies and end-users. The conference included plenary and short keynote presentations, contributed papers sessions in a mixed oral/interactive format, workshops and tutorials, numerous robotic challenges, exhibition with live demos, and several forums (governmental, industrial, societal, culture & science fiction, and developing countries, among others), as well as entrepreneurship and educational activities. 

USE had a stand with information about GAUSS including a presentation in a TV on a continuous loop.

2018 EASA-CAAC Aviation safety conference

Date: 29/10/2018 – 31/10/2018

Chinese and European Aviation industry and regulatory authorities (EASA and CAAC) gathered to discuss the latest developments in Aviation Safety. Topics included Aircraft Certification, Air Operations, Safety and Data Analysis, Air traffic Management and Airports.

GAUSS attended the event to raise awareness of the project especially regarding safety concerns of drones that could be tackled with high performance positioning systems.

EU U-Space Demonstrator Network 1st meeting

Date: November 2018

This network’s aim is to become a forum to share knowledge on how to keep drone operations safe, secure and green; focussing on “U-space” and on projects with a clear business case that build on mature technologies, but need some further operational and regulatory demonstrations before starting commercial operations.

GAUSS attended the 1st meeting of this EU U-Space demonstrator network at Eurocontrol headquarters. Next steps include giving this network visibility of GAUSS project

2018 European Space Week

Date: 03/12/2018 – 06/12/2018

The event addressed how Europe is using space to tackle challenges in areas such as sustainable development, mobility, defence, economic development and the environment. It included GNSS User Consultation Platform and Copernicus and Galileo Business accelerators.

GAUSS attended the event to raise awareness on the project and to gather feedback on user requirements for GNSS systems.

TERRA 3rd Workshop

Date: 06/02/2019

The purpose of this workshop was to share and validate the outcome of their analysis on most adequate technologies for U-Space and whether or not they meet the needs/requirements as identified.

The TERRA Project addresses the research topic H2020-SESAR-2016-1 RPAS04: Ground-based technology, focusing on the performance requirements associated with the U-Space concept, and identifying the technologies (existing and new) which could meet these requirements. As a result, TERRA will propose a technical architecture to support VLL RPAS operations, which are assumed to encompass interaction with VFR traffic.

In the process to come to a High Level Architecture of the U-SPACE system they have performed a Gap Analysis to identify the most adequate technologies and whether or not they meet the needs/requirements as identified.

GAUSS attended to gather information on such technologies and discuss their potential; focus was put on Navigation technologies, where GAUSS mentioned their work and how data fusion from airborne sensors and multi-constellation&multi-frequency GNSS (GPS, Galileo and EGNOS) offer very good features on accuracy, integrity and availability.

WG105 SG-62 Multi-GNSS for UAS Kick-off meeting

Date: 13/02/2019 – 14/02/2019

Kick-off meeting for EUROCAE WG105 Subgroup 62: Multi-GNSS for UAS. This Subgroup aims at developing guidelines for the use of GNSS for operators and authorities in order to comply with SORA.

Specific objectives of the meeting included:

  • EVADS appointment as SG Leader
  • Review of related TOR task sheet and deliverables
  • Scope of work – overall discussion & brainstorming on related technical issues & work approach
  • Content & Highlights of the deliverable
  • Work plan until deliverable date
  • Meetings and allocation of work

World ATM Congress 2019

Date: 12/03/2019-14/03/2019

World ATM Congress brought together the world’s leading product developers, experts, stakeholders, and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Aviation thought leaders gathered for three days of conference sessions, product demonstrations and launches, contract closures and educational and networking opportunities in Madrid, Spain. It was an opportunity to get unparalleled insight into key issues in the ATM industry, hands-on experience of the latest products and innovation, and potential to increase brand awareness all in one place. World ATM Congress delivered the context, content, and contacts that suppliers and customers need to shape the future of global airspace.

GAUSS was presented during the informative session of Galileo and EGNOS together with other projects, highlighting current activities being carried out to foster the use of EGNOS/Galileo in drones.

Furthermore, EVADS members attended the conference “U-space developments – state of play” where several main actors presented their combined view on U-space and the advances at European level, very relevant and up to date feedback was gathered.

CORUS 3rd Workshop

Date: 02/04/2019-05/04/2019

The main goal with the workshop was to ensure that the needs and views of all stakeholders are taken into consideration in the CORUS Concept of Operations.

The workshop was divided into 3 sessions:

  • General presentation of the CORUS Concept of Operations to the U-Space Community Network.
  • U-Space Big Picture: This session presented other U-Space projects (from SJU) that are currently busy exploring the technical enablers for U-Space (Detect and Avoid, Security, Tracking and Aeronautical Information, to name a few).
  • CORUS concept of operations Expert Review : This session was dedicated to a detailed examination of the CORUS concept of operations, guided by comments received.

Prior to the event, EVADS sent several comments to the ConOps CORUS distributed in advance and some of these comments were mentioned and dealt with during the conference.

One was referring to the separation minima, where CORUS showed interest in the proposal to contemplate several factors when assessing separation minima. A general opinion was that no general figures should be provided since they would depend on many factors.

Another one referred to the interaction of the general public with the registry information of drones. Where CORUS agreed provided certain conditions are met, for example paying a fee.

DREAMS IAB 3rd Workshop

Date: 23/05/2019-24/05/2019

DREAMS focuses on the information data exchange relevant for drones, within U-Space. In this Workshop DREAMS presented their AIM ConOps, summarised their gap analysis between existing manned/unmanned aviation services and actual information needs for Uspace and presented the adaptation to be made to the tools that will be used to validate the project.

GAUSS attended to foster synergies in data management and exchange within the Uspace framework. GAUSS aims at taking into account DREAMS analysis and studies especially when developing the UTM technologies (WP5).